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Masimo Debuts New Rad-8(R) Pulse Oximeter to Largest Gathering of Sleep Specialists From Around the World at SLEEP 2009
Date:6/9/2009

New Features and Design Optimize Care and Process Efficiencies for Clinicians in both the Sleep Center and Homecare Environments

IRVINE, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) and Measure-Through Motion and Low-Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced today the debut of its new compact, lightweight Rad-8 pulse oximeter at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), June 6-11, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. Newly redesigned with greater clinical efficiency in mind, the new Masimo Rad-8 has a streamlined look and a host of easy-to-use special features that enable sleep clinicians to more effectively and efficiently monitor, diagnose, and care for patients with sleep disorders.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than 70 million Americans are affected by chronic sleep disorders. Sleep apnea is a very common yet serious sleep disorder where a person's breathing is uncontrollably and repeatedly interrupted during sleep, resulting in very brief or prolonged periods of oxygen deprivation. Serious problems can result from the oxygen deprivation of sleep apnea--including: heart disease, high blood pressure and learning/memory problems--and, if left untreated, sleep apnea can be life-threatening.(1)

Pulse oximetry is the standard method for assessing oxygenation in sleep testing and, as such, plays a critical role in treatment decisions, including whether to administer Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy or perform surgery. Inaccurate pulse oximetry data can have serious implications because false pulse oximetry desaturations can lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment or surgery, while missed true desaturations can prevent correct diagnosis and potentially lifesaving treatmen
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