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Covidien announces milestone placement in remote respiratory monitoring
Date:5/20/2009

10,000th bed connected to Nellcor OxiNet III remote respiratory monitoring system

Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, today announced a key milestone in the continued growth and use of the OxiNet III remote respiratory monitoring system in U.S. hospitals. With the recent system installation at the Mayo Clinic campus in Jacksonville, FL, the Nellcor OxiNet III system currently monitors 10,000 beds and is integrated into more than 450 U.S. hospitals, including the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, MN, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX), St. Anthony Central Hospital (Denver, CO) and Sumner Regional Medical Center (Gallatin, TN). The OxiNet III remote monitoring system enhances the safety of patients throughout the hospital, enabling continuous monitoring of patients' oxygen saturation levels via the trusted Nellcor OxiMax product platform, even when the clinician is not at the bedside.

"Today, higher acuity and more critically ill patients are being cared for on the general care floor and there is a great need for tools that allow clinicians to provide more intensive monitoring throughout the lower acuity areas of the hospital," said Douglas M. Hansell, M.D., Chief Medical Officer & Vice President, Covidien, Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions. "Innovative technologies help support smart, safe, efficient medicine, but in order to truly become integrated into patient care that technology must be proven. The OxiNet III remote monitoring system is a central component of Covidien's integrated suite of critical care respiratory products that promote safe, efficacious and efficient patient care."

Without equipment that allows continuous patient monitoring, spot-checking patients' oxygen saturation levels can mean that some respiratory episodes are missed. The OxiNet III system links up to 24 pulse oximeters to a central station, creating a remote respiratory monitoring system. If a patie
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