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Clinicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Present New Data Showing Masimo Rainbow SET(R) Oximetry and Patient SafetyNet(TM) Improves Patient Outcomes and Reduces the Cost of Care
Date:1/20/2009

p>The growing frequency of unrecognized adverse incidents and avoidable patient safety issues resulting in death or serious physical injury is a preventable and costly human tragedy that the Journal of the American Medical Association has reported may account for 2.4 million extra hospital days, over 32,500 deaths, and $9.3 billion in excess charges in the United States annually.(1) These startling statistics have prompted the convergence of leading healthcare accreditation and industry groups toward a common patient safety standard of continuous, noninvasive physiologic monitoring linked to an appropriate clinician alert and notification system for perioperative patients.

The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals call for the "improved recognition and response to changes in a patient's condition" and recommend "a suitable method that enables health care staff members to directly request additional assistance from a specially trained individual(s) when the patient's condition appears to be worsening."(2) The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) recommendations advise healthcare professionals to "give consideration to the potential safety value of continuous postoperative monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation in at-risk patients without delay," urging that "it is critical that any monitoring system be linked to a reliable process to summon a competent healthcare professional to the patient's bedside in a timely manner."(3) The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Clinical Practice Guidelines have established that "continuous pulse oximetry monitoring in a step-down unit reduces the likelihood of perioperative complications among patients who are believed to be at increased perioperative risk from OSA."(4)

Masimo Founder and CEO, Joe E. Kiani, stated; "By revolutionizing pulse oximetry with the invention of Signal Extraction Technology (SET), we created a new era where pulse oximeters could measur
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