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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

per month for 12 beds, which translated to about 96 alarms per patient day," said Jim Welch, Vice President of Patient Safety Initiatives at Masimo. "The high rate of false alarms due to conventional pulse oximetry's limitations made monitoring on the general floor impractical, if not impossible. With just 4 alarms per patient per day at DHMC, Masimo's revolutionary Measure-Through-Motion pulse oximetry finally enables accurate and reliable monitoring on general care floors."

Also, as part of the evaluation, DHMC surveyed nursing staff in the unit equipped with Masimo Patient SafetyNet and found that they were overwhelmingly satisfied with the system. When asked to assess their feelings toward the new surveillance system, the unit's nursing staff "strongly agreed" that the ability to provide surveillance has added benefit in providing safe care to patients. In addition, the nursing staff indicated that they would "definitely" want a friend or relative needing inpatient care to come to the unit equipped with a surveillance monitoring system.

"Our nurses are discovering patients in need of attention, much sooner than before," stated Nancy Karon, BSN, RN, Clinical Coordinator, DHMC. "Patient SafetyNet has improved patient care with high levels of nurse satisfaction because they know they are able to deliver the best possible quality of care to their general care floor patients."

Joe E. Kiani, Chairman and CEO of Masimo, stated, "Quite simply, we developed Masimo Patient SafetyNet to help clinicians save lives and improve patient outcomes. The empirical and statistical data being gathered through Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's evaluations are providing the necessary details that demonstrate how Masimo's Measure-Through-Motion pulse oximetry technology along with the Patient SafetyNet system are impacting critical patient safety benchmarks, such as the number of sentinel events, codes, rapid response team activations and ICU transfers. Ranked a
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