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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Evaluation Findings Demonstrate Masimo Patient SafetyNet(TM) Delivers Improvements in Clinical Outcomes and Patient Safety on General Care Floors
Date:5/28/2008

ogy provides the greatest sensitivity, at 98 percent, and the greatest specificity, at 97 percent, based on independent and objective references that have examined oximeter performance in real clinical environments.

The Masimo Patient SafetyNet system combines the "gold standard" Measure-Through-Motion-and-Low-Perfusion performance of Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry technology with wireless clinician alerts via pager to provide a new level of safety to patients on general care floors, where nurse-to-patient ratios preclude the level of direct surveillance required and recommended to preempt adverse events. When physiological parameters are violated, such as arterial blood oxygen saturation or pulse rate, Masimo Patient SafetyNet provides accurate, actionable alarm notification directly to a qualified clinician -- enabling immediate notification and early intervention.

While previous attempts at monitoring patients on the general care floors have failed because of excessive false alarms, the advanced technology of Masimo SET pulse oximetry has virtually eliminated false alarms while delivering the most accurate and reliable arterial blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate measurements. Clinically-proven in more than 100 independent and objective studies to have the highest sensitivity and specificity through conditions of motion and low perfusion -- the most common source of false alarms with other pulse oximetry technologies -- Masimo SET provides the foundational technology for Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry.

"Our data shows overall alarm rates of 4.1 per patient per day on our post-surgical general care floor," said Jean Avery, MBA, RN, Clinical Improvement, DHMC. "On an unmonitored patient, many of these alarm conditions would have gone unnoticed."

"One major East Coast hospital that tried to monitor patients continuously on the general care floor before the advent of Masimo SET pulse oximetry experienced about 36,000 alarms
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