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New Clinical Study Presented at the NYPGA Meeting Shows Respiration Rate Monitoring -- Considered the Fourth Primary Vital Sign -- Has Been Revolutionized With Masimo rainbow Acoustic Monitoring Technology
Date:12/13/2011

IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today that a new clinical study evaluating Masimo Acoustic Respiration Rate (RRa™) was presented at the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists (NYSSA) Annual Post Graduate Assembly (PGA) Meeting in New York City.

The new study, presented at the 2011 NYPGA, highlights the positive clinical outcomes and patient safety impact of Masimo's unique Acoustic Respiration Rate (RRa™) measurement.  Researchers Michael Ramsay, M.D., Elaine Lagow, R.N., and Mohammed Usman, Ph.D., at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, evaluated the accuracy and sensitivity of Masimo RRa and capnography and found that Masimo RRa had higher sensitivity for detecting respiratory pause events compared to capnography.  The study, conducted in 34 post-surgical patients in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) each monitored for an average of 109 minutes, concluded that RRa provided "acceptable respiration rate accuracy" when compared to capnography, but only RRa had the additional advantage of providing "superior sensitivity for detecting respiratory-pause events" defined as no inspiration or expiration activity for > 30 seconds.(1) Performance Characteristics of Masimo RRa and Capnography (Compared to Reference Method) (1)MethodBias (bpm)Standard
deviation (bpm)Sensitivity= TP/(TP+FN)Specificity= TN/(TN+FP)Capnometry-0.6

2.6

62%

98%RRa-0.1

2.4

81%

99%Table Reference: 2011 NYPGA Study Abstract #P-9137 presented December 11, 2011 @ 2 p.m.Respiration rate is defined as the frequency of breathing expressed as the number of breaths per minute and is considered the fourth primary vital sign for
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