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Community Health Network of Indianapolis Completes System-Wide Conversion to Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry Technology
Date:11/1/2007

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo, the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Read-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced the completion of CHN's system-wide implementation of Masimo SET pulse oximetry. Building on a four-year history of superior Masimo SET performance in other areas of its network, CHN expanded the adoption of Masimo SET pulse oximetry technology to virtually every site -- making Masimo SET CHN's standard of care for precise, continuous SpO2 monitoring.

"The decision to convert our entire network to Masimo SET technology was an easy one," said Steve Erdosy, M.D., BioMed Clinical Engineer at Community Health Network. "The superior clinical performance we experienced with Masimo SET pulse oximetry in The Indiana Heart Hospital, which converted in 2003, prompted the need to have this advanced technology available in all our sites."

Ranked among the top 20 integrated health care networks in the nation, Community Health Network has more than 70 sites of care throughout central Indiana. This includes Community Hospitals East, North and South in Indianapolis and Community Hospital Anderson; The Indiana Heart Hospital, a dedicated heart hospital; Indiana Surgery Centers; Community Physicians of Indiana; Community Home Health Services; MedCheck urgent care centers; occupational health services; nursing homes; and other health care facilities. In 2006, CHN was recognized as a Performance Improvement Leader by Thomson Healthcare and, since 2001, has had fewer adverse patient safety events and discharged patients almost a day earlier.

In reaffirming the decision to convert system-wide to Masimo SET oximetry, Jan Nellinger, New Technology Analyst at Community Health Network, cited Masimo's seamless conversion as an added benefit: "The conversion was pretty invisible internally, except that the addition of the new Masimo SET pulse oximeters was a big hit with our clinical staff."

By making the conversion to Masimo, the Community Health Network joins other top hospitals in the United States -- including four of the top five -- as listed on the US News & World Report Honor Roll, which have all adopted Masimo SET as their primary pulse oximetry platform. Masimo SET is widely recognized as the most accurate and reliable pulse oximetry technology in the world, clinically proven in more than 100 independent and objective studies to provide the most trustworthy SpO2 readings even under the most difficult clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. These studies prove Masimo SET delivers improvements in outcomes, safety and efficiency.

Community Health Network's system-wide conversion included standardizing virtually all of CHN's sites of care to Masimo SET pulse oximeters and sensors. Masimo advanced technology and sensor design increases the durability and longevity of the sensors and cables connecting the patient to the pulse oximeter. Made of a durable, non-absorbent tape material that extends the life of the sensor during single patient use, Masimo adhesive sensors have been shown to reduce sensor usage 49% to 56%(1,2).

"Having an adhesive sensor with the accuracy and reliability of Masimo SET is a huge benefit that helps us to keep our patients safer with readings we can depend on, while Masimo's durability helps us to realize greater sensor efficiencies," continued Dr. Erdosy.

Joe E. Kiani, CEO of Masimo, stated, "Community Health Network of Indianapolis' system-wide conversion and standardization to Masimo SET pulse oximetry is a particularly rewarding milestone that grew organically from clinical preference and adoption of Masimo SET technology within one department to virtually all departments in their network. We are proud to extend our partnership with CHN as they continue to leverage best-in-class technology to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the greater Indianapolis community."

About Masimo

Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI) develops innovative monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care -- helping solve "unsolvable" problems. In 1995, the company debuted Read-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as SET, and with it substantially reduced false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events. More than 100 independent clinical and laboratory studies have confirmed that Masimo SET technology allows clinicians to accurately monitor blood oxygen saturation in critical care situations. Our Masimo SET platform has significantly addressed many of the previous technology limitations, has substantially contributed to improved patient outcomes and has been referred to by several industry sources as the gold standard in pulse oximetry. In 2005, Masimo introduced Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry, which, for the first time, noninvasively monitors the level of carbon monoxide and methemoglobin in the blood, allowing early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening conditions. Founded in 1989, Masimo has the mission of "Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Cost of Care by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications." Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at http://www.masimo.com.

Masimo, SET, Signal Extraction Technology, Radical, Radical-7, Rad57, APOD, and Improving Outcomes and Reducing Cost of Care by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications are registered trademarks of Masimo Corporation. ARM, Acoustic Respiratory Monitoring, BiFi, Rainbow, SpCO, SpMet, SpHb and Pulse CO-Oximeter are trademarks of Masimo Corporation.

(1) Holmes M, Thomas A, Vogt J, Gangitano E, Stephenson C, Liberman R.

Useful Life of Pulse CO-Oximeter Sensors in the NICU. Respiratory

Care 1998;43(10):860

(2) Erler T, Avenarius S, Wichniewski E, Schmidt K, Klaber H. Longevity

of Masimo and Nellcor Pulse Oximeter Sensors in the Care of Infants.

J. Perinatol., 2003;23:133-135

Contact:

Tom McCall

Masimo Corporation

949-297-7075


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