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Masimo Noninvasive and Continuous Hemoglobin Receives Market Clearance in Japan

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI) announced today the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) regulatory clearance of its noninvasive and continuous hemoglobin (SpHb) measurement, available as part of the Masimo rainbow SET® platform.  Representing a breakthrough solution for noninvasively and continuously measuring a patient's hemoglobin level in real-time, SpHb tracks and trends hemoglobin levels without needles, time-consuming laboratory analysis, and risk of contamination associated with traditional blood tests.

The availability of noninvasive, continuous, and immediate hemoglobin measurements is expected to have wide-ranging clinical impact in Japan—from surgery and intensive care units to less acute care settings, including the emergency department and physician offices.  SpHb may help clinicians determine whether a patient has a low hemoglobin level (known as anemia) and facilitate prompt detection of internal bleeding and more appropriate administration of blood transfusions—by referring to the SpHb measurement that is continuously displayed on Masimo rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximeters™.  

Now, clinicians in Japan can benefit from the full range of physiologic measurements available on the Masimo rainbow SET platform—including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), and acoustic respiration rate (RRa™), in addition to the 'gold-standard' Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion performance of Masimo SET® oxyhemoglobin (SpO2), perfusion index (PI), and pulse rate (PR).  

Joe Kiani, Masimo Founder and CEO, stated, "Receiving full MHLW regulatory approvals for SpHb makes the noninvasive, continuous measurement of hemoglobin universally available to Japanese clinicians.  This arms clinicians throughout Japan with the real-time assessment of hemoglobin—enabling more appropriate management of patients both inside and outside of the operating room."

About Masimo

Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) develops innovative monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care—helping solve "unsolvable" problems.  In 1995, the company debuted Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET®, which virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events.  More than 100 independent and objective studies demonstrate Masimo SET provides the most reliable SpO2 and pulse rate measurements even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion.  In 2005, Masimo introduced rainbow® Pulse CO-Oximetry™, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), in addition to SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI).  In 2009, Masimo introduced rainbow Acoustic Monitoring™, the first-ever noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa™).  Masimo's rainbow platform offers a breakthrough in patient safety by helping clinicians detect life-threatening conditions and helping guide treatment options.  Founded in 1989, Masimo has the mission of "Improving Patient Outcome and Reducing Cost of Care … by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications®." Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in connection with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations about future events affecting us and are subject to risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control and could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in our forward-looking statements as a result of various risk factors, including, but not limited to:  risks related to our assumptions regarding the repeatability of clinical results, risks related to our belief that Masimo SpHb will facilitate real-time hemoglobin measurement for all patients, as well as other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent reports  filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which may be obtained for free at the SEC's website at Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we do not know whether our expectations will prove correct. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of today's date. We do not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these forward-looking statements or the "Risk Factors" contained in our most recent reports filed with the SEC, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under the applicable securities laws.

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