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Nellcor Pulse Oximetry Technologies Enhance Standard Of Care At St. Anthony Central Hospital


10/19/2005 5:11:38 PM

PLEASANTON, Calif., June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Nellcor, the market leader and global innovator of intelligent pulse oximetry solutions, today announced that clinicians at St. Anthony Central Hospital of Denver, Colo., a national leader in orthopedics, cardiovascular and emergency/trauma care, are using the Nellcor(R) OxiMax(R) Pulse Oximetry System and Oxinet(R) III Central Station and Paging System to monitor patients' respiratory status on the orthopedic floor.

"We adopted the Nellcor OxiMax and Oxinet III systems to improve the management of alarms and enhance our overall standard of care," said Tim Keenan, Director of Clinical Engineering, for all the facilities of St. Anthony Hospital.

"Continuous pulse oximetry monitoring is especially important for patients who are receiving intravenous pain medication, since these medications can lead to respiratory depression," continued Keenan. "Prior to adopting the Oxinet III and OxiMax systems, our clinical staff would have to disrupt patients' rest over a 24-hour period to monitor their respiratory status. Nellcor's technology enables monitoring 24 hours a day without disrupting patients, thereby increasing their well-being and safety."

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), recently announced its 2004 Patient Safety Goals, and goal #6 requires hospitals to "assure that alarms are activated with appropriate settings and are sufficiently audible with respect to distances and competing noise within the unit." The Oxinet III system can help hospitals comply with this goal.

The Oxinet III system -- designed specifically for the General Care Floor - allows up to 24 bedside pulse oximeters to be linked to a central station monitor display, where clinicians are alerted to alarm events. The system includes an option for pagers worn by clinical staff that supplement the bedside and central station alarms to help staff respond to patients faster. The Oxinet III system is compatible with Nellcor's latest OxiMax N-595 Pulse Oximeter, which features SatSeconds(TM) Alarm Management technology, a safe, practical way to reduce nuisance alarms.

"Our OxiMax pulse oximetry platform and Oxinet III Central Station and Paging System provide a safe, yet cost-effective solution for oximetry monitoring outside the ICU," said Dan Roth, Director of Marketing, Nellcor Oximetry. "The Oxinet III system is the only central-station -based telemetry system dedicated to pulse oximetry that can help hospitals meet the latest JCAHO patient safety goal regarding alarm audibility."

About Nellcor

Nellcor is dedicated to developing innovative, clinically relevant medical products with an emphasis on noninvasive patient safety monitoring and respiratory care. A part of Tyco Healthcare, Nellcor is the world's foremost supplier of pulse oximetry and airway management products. The company also offers a wide range of products for measuring and regulating patient body temperature. Known for the highest standards of quality and reliability, Nellcor products contribute to patient care in every type of healthcare setting. Nellcor serves its customers with an exceptional level of product performance and support, technical service and clinical education resources. For more information, visit http://www.nellcor.com/.

About Tyco Healthcare

Tyco Healthcare, a business segment of Tyco International Ltd., is a leading manufacturer, distributor and servicer of medical devices worldwide. Its broad portfolio includes disposable medical supplies, monitoring equipment, medical instruments and bulk analgesic pharmaceuticals, sold under such names as Auto Suture, Kendall, Mallinckrodt, Nellcor, Puritan Bennett, United States Surgical, Valleylab and others.

Nellcor

CONTACT: Kristin Garvin of Nellcor, +1-925-463-4353,Kristin.Garvin@nellcor.com; or Randy Krotz of Tyco Healthcare/Mallinckrodt,+1-314-378-9675, Randy.Krotz@tycohealthcare.com



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