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First Nursing Facility Installation of Masimo Patient SafetyNet(TM) Goes Live With 'Remarkable' Results
Date:6/26/2008

State-of-the-art, remote monitoring and clinician notification system helps

keep nursing facility patients safe and clinicians happy

IRVINE, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Measure-Through-Motion-and-Low-Perfusion pulse oximetry, today announced the first installation of the Masimo Patient SafetyNet remote monitoring and clinician notification system outside of a hospital setting. The East Tennessee Respiratory Center at Hillcrest North, a skilled nursing facility in Knoxville, TN, installed the Patient SafetyNet system after Respiratory Support Services (RSS) -- the center's respiratory care providers -- outlined the significant clinical benefits that were possible with the system.

"Masimo Patient SafetyNet has made a remarkable difference in almost every aspect of respiratory care at the Hillcrest North facility," stated Gene Gantt, Chief Executive Officer of RSS. "Evidence of Masimo Patient SafetyNet's effect on patient safety is undeniable. After installation, we immediately noticed a reduction in false alarms by more than 60 percent and a marked reduction in hospital readmissions and acute care transfers, while the effectiveness of our ventilator weaning program and our clinical efficiency has improved."

Skilled nursing facilities are private institutions that present a unique challenge to patient monitoring. There are no glass windows to make observation of a patient in the privacy of their own room easy. Without an appropriate remote monitoring and clinician notification system, physiological early warning indicators -- such as decreases in oxygen saturation and pulse rate, which often precede respiratory distress or cardiac arrest -- may go unobserved.

"In this setting, it is difficult to adequately monitor patients without compromising their privacy or comfort," said Scott Gantt, Chief Operating Officer of RSS. "Masimo Patient SafetyNet allows u
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