IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced that the IWK Heath Centre, Atlantic Canada's leading health centre providing specialized, quality care to women, children, youth and families, has converted to Masimo SET® pulse oximetry and sensor technologies, the standard-of-care at leading health organizations worldwide.
Masimo SET® pulse oximetry virtually eliminates false alarms1 and increases a clinician's ability to detect life-threatening events2 helping to substantially contribute to improved patient outcomes and patient safety. Masimo SET® pulse oximetry also has been shown to help clinicians reduce retinopathy of prematurity3, screen for critical congenital heart disease in newborns4, and save lives in post-surgical floors, recovery2, labor and delivery rooms5, and ICUs6.
IWK's conversion to Masimo SET® pulse oximetry is in keeping with the IWK'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.
"Specializing in Children's and Women's Health, it is vital that we use the technology that provides our patients and staff with a consistent and accurate measure of blood oxygen saturation levels," said David Hancock, Technology Assessment Officer, IWK Health Centre. "We have standardized on Masimo technology in our ICUs, ORs and inpatient care areas for all patient monitoring, which will lead to improved patient outcomes."
The Health Centre also has the option to upgrade at any time to Masimo rainbow® Pulse CO-Oximetry, which allows clinicians to noninvasively monitor multiple blood constituents that previously required invasive or complicated procedures, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), and acoustic respiration rate (RRa).
"We are happy to have forged this great partnership with the IWK, which like other leading healthcare organizations is demonstrating its commitment to patient safety and care by taking advantage of our breakthrough measure-through motion and low perfusion pulse oximetry technology," said Masimo founder and CEO Joe Kiani. "We value this relationship with IWK, and together look forward to helping their skilled and dedicated staff meet and exceed their patient-care needs."
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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 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.
5 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
6 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.
About the IWK Health Centre
The IWK Health Centre is Atlantic Canada's leading health centre providing specialized, quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritimes and beyond. In addition to providing highly specialized (tertiary) care, the IWK also provides primary care services. The IWK is also engaged in leading-edge research; works to promote healthy lifestyles for families; and as an academic health centre provides education opportunities for health professionals and other learners. Visit www.iwk.nshealth.ca for more information.
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is the global leader in innovative noninvasive monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient carehelping 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 www.masimo.com.
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