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Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System Receives Best in KLAS Award for Second Consecutive Year

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DEERFIELD, Ill. (June 26, 2012) - Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) today announced its SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System has received the "Best in KLAS" award for the second consecutive time in the Smart Pumps Large Volume Pump1 category of the 2012 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure report.  This "Best in KLAS" award represents the opinions of healthcare clinicians who use smart infusion systems and hospital executives and managers who make purchasing decisions in U.S. hospitals.  Receiving the "Best in KLAS" award indicates a high level of customer satisfaction with the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System and its support services.

"Since 1998, KLAS has been committed to helping healthcare professionals make decisions based on candid, impartial peer feedback," said Adam Gale, president of KLAS.  "Best in KLAS rankings mark those vendors who keep their promises in their market segments for offering products with strong customer service performance and high customer value.  We hope these ratings continue to help providers find transparency from their vendors in making purchasing decisions."

The SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System scored the highest overall performance rating (82.9%) for large volume pumps (LVPs), which adds to its growing recognition as a leading smart infusion system in the market.  Four of the top six hospitals designated as 2011 "Honor Roll Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report2 use this infusion system. 

"We are honored to be recognized as Best in KLAS for the second year in a row, as this award reinforces our commitment to provide a comprehensive product and strong customer service to assist clinicians with their goals of safe and effective medication delivery through smart pump technology," said Brik Eyre, general manager of U.S. Medication Delivery, Baxter Healthcare Corporation.  "Customer satisfaction is of utmost importance, and we continually strive to deliver the quality and service our customers expect, as a global, leading provider of smart infusion systems." 

Infusion pumps are used throughout the hospital setting to deliver fluids and medications at the patient's bedside.  The SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System provides multiple safety and clinician-friendly features.  The system offers wireless connectivity and electronic medical records (EMR) integration designed to help improve clinical workflow and foster patient safety.

KLAS is an independent research company specializing in monitoring and reporting on the performance of healthcare vendors' products and services.  Using data voluntarily gathered from more than 4,500 hospitals and 2,500 clinics across the U.S., KLAS offers unbiased reporting on equipment and services that includes trends, statistics and commentary from healthcare professionals and hospital management.  Click here to view the Best in KLAS award press release.

About the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System
The SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System was designed with features to help reduce errors when programming an IV infusion.  For example, the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System automatically defaults to using the drug safety library at the initial start of the system.  Small, lightweight and easy-to-use, the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System also offers wireless connectivity to integrate data into a hospital's EMR system and facilitate the transfer of data to and from the system for updating drug libraries as well as for continuous quality improvement reports.  Baxter has been the exclusive distributor of the SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System for three years and recently completed the acquisition of its manufacturer, SIGMA International.

Rx Only.  For safe and proper use of this device, refer to the complete instructions in the Operator's Manual. 

About Baxter
Baxter International Inc., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets products that save and sustain the lives of people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions.  As a global, diversified healthcare company, Baxter applies a unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to create products that advance patient care worldwide.     

12012 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure, www.KLASresearch.com. June 2012, © 2012 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. 
2Best Hospitals 2011: The Honor Roll,  U.S. News & World Report, http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-hospitals/articles/2011/07/18/best-hospitals-2011-12-the-honor-roll. Accessed June 11, 2012.