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United Kingdom House of Commons Safety Group Recommends Carbon Monoxide Screening by Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) to Reduce Misdiagnosis and Prevent Deaths
Date:2/18/2009

New Evidence from London Ambulance Service Study Shows Five Masimo Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeters(TM) Detected 83 Unsuspected CO Poisonings in One Year--Over a Third of the UK Reported Annual CO Poisonings

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry and Measure-Through Motion and Low-Perfusion pulse oximetry, today announced that in a newly published report, the UK House of Commons All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group (APPGSG) recommends handheld, noninvasive Pulse CO-Oximeters for Emergency Departments, primary care providers, and medical professionals who visit patients' homes as a way to improve the country's rate of detection and diagnosis of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. 1 In addition, new evidence from a London Ambulance Service pre-hospital CO screening study shows that using the Masimo Rainbow SET Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeter significantly improved detection of CO poisoning at an earlier stage, while reducing unnecessary hospital transports and patients entering the Accidents & Emergency system. 2

The UK House of Commons APPGSG report, 'Raising Medical Professionals' Awareness of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning,' cites "increasing concern that little is being done to ensure that medical professionals are able to correctly diagnose the symptoms of carbon monoxide and treat victims effectively," as the catalyst that ultimately resulted in the group's January 2009 report and recommendations for action. The UK National Health Service (NHS) reports that hundreds of people are seriously injured or killed by CO poisoning in the UK each year. 3 However, the APPGSG suggests that because of the lack of adequate testing, the actual number may be much higher. In addition, because the vast majority of cases simply go to their GP complaining of symptoms similar to the flu, the
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