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Masimo Receives FDA Clearance for Noninvasive Total Hemoglobin
Date:5/14/2008

ns that affect millions of patients worldwide."

The need for better hemoglobin monitoring to manage blood levels is reinforced by recently published controlled studies that show the safety of blood transfusions can be improved by the use of transfusion thresholds. In a 2008 study by the Cochrane Collaboration titled Transfusion Thresholds and Other Strategies for Guiding Allogeneic Red Blood Cell Transfusion, reviewers examined evidence from ten trials -- reporting outcomes on a total of 1,780 patients -- and found that "restrictive transfusion strategies reduced red blood cell transfusions by 42%."

Additionally, while noting that not all of these results were statistically significant and that additional studies are required to confirm the findings, the Cochrane reviewers also reported that, "on average, mortality was 20% lower with the restrictive compared with the liberal transfusion triggers." Similarly, five of the ten studies examined showed a reduction in hospital length of stay, while three showed a reduction in ICU length of stay. (1)

Continuous, noninvasive hemoglobin monitoring with Masimo Rainbow SET SpHb may enable more restrictive transfusion triggers and help maintain optimal hemoglobin levels for critically-ill patients. In addition to facilitating better blood level management, Masimo Rainbow SET's noninvasive hemoglobin monitoring capability should also help clinicians better manage chronic anemia, a blood disorder affecting two billion people worldwide that is one of today's most prevalent public health problems. Masimo Rainbow SET SpHb should provide hospitals, emergency medical professionals, dialysis centers, family physicians, cardiologists, pediatricians and other care providers with a more convenient and accessible way to manage this pervasive condition.

More than 350 million invasive hemoglobin lab tests are performed each year in the U.S. alone, making it one of the most common laboratory tests. Hemoglobin lab t
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