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02/09/2010

B. Braun Commends Local Healthcare Leader

Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Christina Michalek Recognized for Contribution to Patient Safety in Community with an ISMP Cheers Award

Bethlehem, PA, February 9, 2010 — A Lehigh Valley Health Network pharmacist has won national recognition for her dedication to reducing medication errors – and kudos from B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun) for achieving the honor.

Christina Michalek, RPh, Director of Pharmacy for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem, PA, was recently honored with an Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) Cheers Award in the Volunteer category for her dedication in serving as a resource on pharmacy operations and medication-related technology.

“Christina’s dedication to serving as a resource to Lehigh Valley healthcare professionals as well as in the broader medication safety community is an important step in the right direction toward preventing medication errors. B. Braun congratulates Christina and the Lehigh Valley Health Network on this achievement,” says Shawn O’Connell, MS, RN, Director of Clinical Value Marketing, Infusion Systems Division for B. Braun Medical Inc. “The actions of leaders like Christina, combined with advanced medical device technology, can help healthcare facilities implement safe medication practices.”

ISMP – the nation’s only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use – established its annual Cheers Awards to honor individuals, organizations and companies that have set a superlative standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors and adverse drug events. Michalek’s commitment to sharing expertise during ISMP consultations with healthcare organizations aligns with B. Braun’s Sharing Expertise® philosophy of increasing safety measures for both patients and healthcare professionals.

B. Braun has made a strong commitment to producing products and services designed to reduce medication errors and through its Sharing Expertise® initiatives, provides healthcare professionals with best practices and other information to help achieve medication error reduction. The company is also an active participant and supporter of ISMP programs.

Michalek participated in research and gave input on medication safety issues for ISMP’s newsletters and participated in ISMP teleconferences and other educational opportunities. In addition, she has facilitated visits to her health network by ISMP staff, fellows and visitors to demonstrate the application of medication-related technology.

About B. Braun
B. Braun is a leading manufacturer of infusion therapy and pain management products with an environmentally-friendly focus. Guided by the company’s “Sharing Expertise®” philosophy, B.Braun addresses the critical issues of infection prevention, medication safety and environmental responsibility by promoting best practices that help clinicians reduce medication errors, prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and achieve sustainability objectives.

Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology and support services, B. Braun employees share their knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and medical practices and to enhance the safety of patients and healthcare professionals. For more information, call 800-227-2862, e-mail us at inquiry.us@bbraun.com or visit B. Braun at www.bbraunusa.com.