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Masimo Launches First Non-adhesive Pulse Oximetry Sensor Designed For Extremely Low Birth Weight Babies
Date:11/5/2008

Unique design, size, and material expected to improve safety and care

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced a new SofTouch(TM) disposable pulse oximetry sensor developed specifically for the fragile skin and size of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants (<500 grams-1,000 grams) in conjunction with the Neonatology 2008 conference in Miami, Florida. The new LNCS(R) SofTouch NeoPt-500 sensor is exclusively designed to fit ELBW babies and features special soft foam and non-adhesive attachments to prevent injury to even the most sensitive skin of premature infants.

Barbara Haley, CRTT, NICU Clinical Coordinator, Respiratory Care Services at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, stated; "We love the LNCS SofTouch NeoPt-500 for the improvement in care it facilitates. It is smaller than other neonatal sensors -- making it a near-perfect fit even for our smallest preemies -- and it is much softer on the skin to maintain skin integrity. We've also found that the NeoPt-500 makes nurses more efficient because the wrap is so much easier to apply and secure."

LNCS SofTouch NeoPt-500 is the first non-adhesive pulse oximetry sensor made specifically for the needs of newborns weighing down to 500 grams or less. At just 20 mm in size, the NeoPt-500 has dimensions that are smaller than typical neonatal sensors. This means that the distance between the emitter and detector on the NeoPt-500 is much smaller -- enabling the sensor to fit better and more securely on the tiniest hand or foot.

Mitchell Goldstein, M.D., Associate Professor, Pediatrics at Loma Linda University Chil
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