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Assurance Biosense to Unveil Next-Generation Alar Sensor at the International Anesthesia Research Society Meeting
Date:5/2/2013

urrently in the market, including all that use Nellcor OxiSmart II sensors.

"The Assurance Alar Sensor is the next generation pulse oximeter sensor," said Richard J. Melker , M.D., Ph.D., CTO (Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and co-founder of Xhale). "We believe that participants at the IARS meeting will appreciate its superiority over existing technology."

The Assurance Alar Sensor improves patient safety because it detects signals even at low oxygen saturation, senses changes in oxygenation sooner and reduces false alarms that commonly occur with existing pulse oximetry devices using clip-on fingertip monitors to measure a patient's blood flow.  

Pulse oximeters have become ubiquitous in hospitals for monitoring virtually all patients because they can give clinicians an early warning of low arterial blood oxygen saturation levels, known as hypoxemia.  Early detection is critical because hypoxemia can result in brain damage or death in a matter of minutes. 

However, conventional fingertip-measured pulse oximetry can lead to false readings that compromise the quality of patient care.  Studies have found that more than 70 percent of the conventional pulse oximetry alarms outside the operating room are false.i  In the operating room, studies show that in up to 9 percent of cases, conventional pulse oximeters fail to give any measurements due to low perfusion.

The Assurance Alar Sensor is designed for the continuous non-invasive monitoring of SpO2 from the nasal ala of adult and pediatric patients (weighing >30kg).  The sensor fits to the nasal ala without adhesives and is easily checked or repositioned by the clinician as necessary, allowing it to remain on the patient for the full length of stay.  Studies at the Hypoxia Research Laboratory at the University of California San Fra
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