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New Clinical Studies Presented at the 14th World Congress of Anesthesiology Demonstrate Masimo Advancements in Patient Care
Date:3/6/2008

Linda University recounted the application of SpHb to assess an anemic hemoglobin level of 10.6 g/dl on a fellow anesthesiologist who otherwise appeared healthy. Invasive hemoglobin testing confirmed the measurement and further diagnostic testing revealed previously undiagnosed and asymptomatic esophageal cancer. Researchers concluded that Masimo SpHb allowed the "detection of this potentially devastating tumor before clinical signs or symptoms became apparent, which resulted in early intervention and therapy that may well be curative for this colleague."

New Pulse Oximetry Sensors with Low Saturation Accuracy Claims(3), performed by Dr. Peter Cox at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, evaluated 12 patients with congenital cyanotic cardiac lesions (CCCL) to compare noninvasive oxyhemoglobin (SpO2) measurements from the Masimo Rainbow SET Radical 7 device with Blue Sensor and the Covidien N-600 device (OxiMax with Lo-Sat) to invasive oxyhemoglobin levels from laboratory CO-Oximetry. Although the Nellcor N-600 with LoSat is advertised to work in CCCL patients, the accuracy demonstrated in this study was 6.49%, well outside of Nellcor's published specifications. In contrast, the Masimo Radical with Blue Sensor, the first and only sensor with accuracy claims cleared for cyanotic patients, performed within Masimo specifications and had significantly better accuracy at 3.85%. Study results demonstrate that the Masimo Blue sensor, which was "designed for use specifically in this patient population, is more accurate." Dr. Peter Cox, Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, said, "Accurate monitoring of oxygen saturations in children with cyanotic congenital heart defects is essential for appropriate patient management and, therefore, its impact on their long-term outcome. The Masimo Blue Sensor accurately tracks saturation to levels as low as 60%, which will greatly assist caregivers in the management of this patient population."

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