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Nonin Medical's Onyx® II 9560 Wireless Pulse Oximeter Aids Chilean Miner Rescue: Company to Also Donate in-Home Monitoring Equipment for Miners' Post-event Care
Date:10/13/2010

-worn monitoring device developed by Nonin Medical OEM partner Zephyr Technology, measures the trapped miners' heart rates, breathing rates and skin temperatures. The monitors use Bluetooth wireless technology to transmit the data to a monitor on the surface, enabling physicians to detect immediate signs of physiological stress.

"As the inventor of the world's first fingertip pulse oximeter, Nonin Medical is pleased to partner with Zephyr Technology to aid the miners during this historic rescue event," said Steve Bucholz, chief operations officer, Nonin Medical, Inc. "Our pulse oximeters are reliable in the toughest conditions, but the extreme conditions of the Chilean operation make accurately measuring the miners' pulse rates and blood oxygen levels particularly challenging. Nonin's proven accuracy in the widest range of patients and settings makes the Onyx II ideally suited to the task."

In addition to aiding physicians on the scene, Nonin Medical is working through its Chilean distributor, Air Liquide, to donate 33 Nonin Medical Go2 LED fingertip pulse oximeters for continued pulse oximetry monitoring after the miners arrive home.

"Nonin Medical is pleased to be able to aid the miners during their immediate and long-term recovery," said Bucholz. "No one in recorded history has survived trapped underground for as long as those 33 men have. When you've been exposed to extremely poor air quality, 2,300 feet underground, for 69 days, you don't just bounce back overnight."

Pulse oximeters indirectly monitor the oxygen saturation of a patient's blood (as opposed to measuring oxygen saturation directly through a blood sample) and changes in blood volume in the skin. Pulse oximeters are useful for assessing patients' oxygenation in settings where oxygenation can be unstable, including in intensive care, operating, recovery, emergency and
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