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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

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Prior to this study, London Ambulance crews had no way to accurately diagnose CO poisoned patients. With just five Rad-57s, the London Ambulance Service was able to diagnose and treat 83 patients with unsuspected CO poisoning in a year, which is over a third of the reported annual number of CO poisonings in the UK. "On site monitoring of carbon monoxide blood levels mean that the paramedics are now able to triage patients at scene and receive expert advice at the scene, so that they take patients to the most appropriate A&E department and those with severe CO poisoning can now be referred directly to appropriate hyperbaric units," stated Andrew Humber. "It is due to this that there has been a marked improvement in the time to treatment."

Masimo Founder and CEO, Joe E. Kiani, stated, "The UK recommendations and London Ambulance Service study are a call to action for all medical and emergency professionals who see patients with potential carbon monoxide poisoning. We are proud that the technology we have invented and produced is helping these professionals improve and save lives."

1 United Kingdom, House of Commons, All Party Parliamentary Gas Safety Group. "Raising Medical Professionals' Awareness of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning." January 2009. http://www.gassafetygroup.org.uk

2 London Ambulance Service, NHS Trust. "A Feasibility Study into Pre-Hospital Carbon Monoxide Monitoring of Patients." January 2009.

3 NHS Choices, "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning" http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/carbon-monoxide-poisoning/Pages/Introduction.aspx?url=Pages/what-is-it.aspx

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