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Masimo Announces "Better Care" Program - A Hospital Risk-Share Program for Blood Transfusion Related Cost Reduction with SpHb®, and $30 SpHb Sensor Price
Date:2/14/2012

0; Transfusions can save lives, but the evidence is clear that they also dramatically increase mortality and morbidity risk and cost.  These facts underscore the need to transfuse only when necessary.  Hemoglobin concentration is a primary indicator of the need for transfusion and invasive blood draws for laboratory hemoglobin determination are among the most common tests performed in hospitals, but they can only offer intermittent and often delayed results.  Masimo SpHb has been shown to help clinicians reduce blood transfusions during surgery, as well as provide an early indication of hemoglobin drops in medical and surgical intensive care, obstetric, and general-floor patients—allowing lifesaving interventions.  Results of a randomized controlled trial conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed that Masimo SpHb helped anesthesiologists reduce the frequency of blood transfusion by 90% (from 0.1 to 0.01 units per patient) in 327 patients undergoing orthopedic surgery.(1)

In keeping with Masimo's mission to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care, Masimo is proud to introduce its risk-share program for Blood Transfusion Related Cost Reduction.  Masimo guarantees that when a hospital replaces its standard SpO2 adhesive sensors with Masimo rainbow® ReSposable SpHb Sensors and begins monitoring noninvasive hemoglobin (SpHb), pleth variability index (PVI®), and methemoglobin (SpMet®), in addition to Masimo SET SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI), the incremental price paid for the rainbow sensors will be exceeded by a reduction in blood transfusion related costs. 

If the documented blood transfusion-related costs in a hospital do not exceed the
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