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El Paso Children's Hospital Standardizes to Masimo Corporation (MASI) SET® Pulse Oximetry

5/23/2013 8:52:19 AM

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EL PASO, Texas and IRVINE, Calif., May 23, 2013 -- EL PASO, Texas and IRVINE, Calif., May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced that El Paso Children's Hospital, the newest and most expansive dedicated children's hospital in west Texas,has upgraded to Masimo SET® pulse oximetry and sensor technologies, the standard-of-care at leading health organizations worldwide.

Masimo SET® pulse oximetry has been shown to virtually eliminate false alarms1 and increase a clinician's ability to detect life-threatening events2 – helping to substantially contribute to improved patient outcomes and patient safety. The clinical accuracy of Masimo SET® pulse oximetry has also been shown to help clinicians significantly reduce retinopathy of prematurity3-5, screen for critical congenital heart disease in newborns6-8, reduce oxygen overdose9, 10 and medical errors11, 12, and save lives in post-surgical floors, recovery2, labor and delivery rooms13, and ICUs14.

El Paso Children's Hospital's conversion to Masimo SET® pulse oximetry is in keeping with the hospital's dedication to excellence in care and delivering the best possible results for its patients. More than 100 independent clinical studies have confirmed that Masimo SET® technology allows clinicians to accurately monitor blood oxygen saturation in the most challenging conditions, including patient movement and low peripheral perfusion.15

According to Eddie Pacheco, manager of respiratory care and neuro-diagnostics at El Paso Children's Hospital, "At times it's nearly impossible to obtain SpO2 readings – let alone accurate readings – with other types of pulse oximeters. I've found that with Masimo SET®, you get a quick accurate result, instead of waiting five minutes or more for a blood gas analysis to obtain an SaO2. This in turn benefits the children so they don't have to be poked for blood."

El Paso Children's also has the option to upgrade at any time to Masimo rainbow® Pulse CO-Oximetry™, which allows clinicians to noninvasively monitor multiple blood constituents, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), and acoustic respiration rate (RRa™).

"We value the commitment and dedication of El Paso Children's Hospital clinicians and staff, who work hard every day on the front lines of healthcare to help children heal and recover to wellness," said Masimo founder and CEO Joe Kiani. "The performance of Masimo SET® pulse oximetry was not only designed with this patient population—prone to high motion and low perfusion—in mind, but was also designed to help reduce the burdens of false alarms. We are honored to partner with the clinicians at El Paso Children's Hospital to improve clinical outcomes and meet patient-care needs."

1 Shah N, Ragaswamy H, Govindugari K, Estanol L. "Performance of three new-generation pulse oximeters during motion and low perfusion in volunteers." Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. 2012 (10.1016/j.jclinane.2011.10.012) Available online here 2 Taenzer, Andreas H.; Pyke, Joshua B.; McGrath, Susan P.; Blike, George T. "Impact of Pulse Oximetry Surveillance on Rescue Events and Intensive Care Unit Transfers: A Before-and-After Concurrence Study." Anesthesiology, February 2010, Vol. 112, Issue 2. Available online here 3. Chow L.C., Wright K.W., Sola A.; CSMC Oxygen Administration Study Group. "Can Changes in Clinical Practice Decrease the Incidence of Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity in Very Low Birth Weight Infants?" Pediatrics. 2003 Feb;111(2):339-45. 4. Clinical Practice and SpO2 Technology in the Prevention of ROP in VLBW Infants. Castillo AR, Deulofeut R, Sola A. Presented at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting May 5-8, 2007. 5. Oxygen as a neonatal health hazard: call for détente in clinical practice. Sola A., Rogido, Marta, Deulofeut, Richard. Acta Paediatrica 2007; 96:801-812. 6. de Wahl Granelli A, Wennergren M, Sandberg K, et al. Impact of pulse oximetry screening on detection of duct dependent congenital heart disease: a Swedish prospective screening study in 39,821 newborns. BMJ 2009; 338: a3037. 7. Noninvasive Peripheral Perfusion Index as a Possible Tool for Screening for Critical Left Heart Obstruction. Granelli, AD, Ostman-Smith, I. Acta Paediatrica 2007; 96:1455-1459. 8. Screening for Duct-Dependent Congenital Heart Disease with Pulse Oximetry: A Critical Evaluation of Strategies to Maximize Sensitivity. Granelli AD, Mellander M, Sunnegardh J,Sandberg K, Ostman-Smith I. Acta Paediatr 2005; 94:1590-6. 9. Avoiding Hyperoxemia During Neonatal Resuscitation: Time to Response to Different SpO2 Monitors. Baquero H, Alviz R, Sola A. Presented at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting May 5-8, 2007. A 10. More Reliable Oximetry Reduces the Frequency of Arterial Blood Gas Analyses and Hastens Oxygen Weaning after Cardiac Surgery. Durbin CG, Rostow SK. Crit Care Med 2002; 30(8): 1735-1740 11. Advantages of New Technology Pulse Oximetry with Adults in Extremis. Durbin CG, Rostow SK. Anesth Analg 2002; 94: S81-S83 12. Pulse Oximetry Performance Can Affect Caregiver Time Utilization. Durbin CG, Rostow SK. Anesthesiology 2000;93(3A): A556. 13 Baquero H, Alviz R, Castillo A, Neira F, Sola A. "Avoiding Hyperoxemia During Neonatal Resuscitation: Time To Response Of Different SpO2 Monitors." Acta Paed April 2011 Vol. 100, Issue 4, pp 515-518. Published online here 14 Goldstein MR, Martin GI, Sindel BD, Furman GI, Ochikubo C, Yand L. SatSeconds Alarm Management Misses Short Desaturations Common to Periodic Breathing and Infantile Apnea. Pediatric Research 2001;49(4):400A/2296. 15 Full Citation List of All Available Clinical Studies Featuring Masimo:

About El Paso Children's Hospital El Paso Children's Hospital is the largest expansion of pediatric medical services in West Texas. El Paso Children's Hospital, which is located near the U.S./Mexico border, opened its doors to the public on February 14, 2012. El Paso Children's Hospital is the first and only separately licensed, independent, 501(c) (3) not-for-profit children's hospital in the El Paso region and is the only dedicated Pediatric Hospital within a 250-mile radius of El Paso, Texas. El Paso Children's Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and the College of American Pathologists. It is one of eight children's hospitals in the State of Texas and is a member of the Children's Hospital Association of Texas. El Paso Children's Hospital is one of 221 members of the Children's Hospital Association, and is the designated hospital in El Paso County for Children's Miracle Network. Additional information can be found at

About Masimo Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is the global leader in innovative noninvasive monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care—helping solve "unsolvable" problems. In 1995, the company debuted Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET®, which virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events. More than 100 independent and objective studies have shown that Masimo SET® outperforms other pulse oximetry technologies, even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. In 2005, Masimo introduced rainbow SET® Pulse CO-Oximetry technology, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOCTM), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), in addition to SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI). Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at

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