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Nonin Medical's Tissue Oximetry System Recognized at Premier Healthcare Alliance Innovation Celebration
Date:6/11/2012

MINNEAPOLIS, June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nonin Medical announced today that its EQUANOX™ Advance Model 7600 Cerebral/Somatic Oximetry System for adult and pediatric patients was one of only 20 products featured at the Premier healthcare alliance's Innovation Celebration in Nashville, Tenn. Premier is a hospital-owned performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 hospitals and 84,000 other care sites nationwide. Premier's annual Innovation Celebration recognizes advances in healthcare and industry suppliers who are committed to innovation and improving patient outcomes. Products were selected by a committee of clinicians and other Premier alliance members based on the products' uniqueness, ability to have an impact on an unmet medical need and potential to positively impact patient care.

Nonin's EQUANOX Advance 7600 oximetry system is a noninvasive tissue oximeter used by clinicians to continuously detect oxygen saturation changes in brain and other tissue. The device protects vital organ areas from hypoxia, to help detect stroke and prevent neurological injury or cognitive impairment.

"Nonin Medical is pleased that Premier chose the EQUANOX Advance Cerebral/Somatic Oximetry System for feature at its Innovation Celebration," said Brian Kane, Group Product Manager-Cerebral Oximetry, for Nonin Medical. "Nonin's EQUANOX 7600 system is the first and only device to use a dual light emitting and detecting sensor architecture for industry-leading accuracy.* Our patented EQUANOX technology allows for a more targeted tissue reading while eliminating surface artifacts that interfere with measurement accuracy.** This means that physicians can trust that their patients' oxygen saturation readings are accurate and based on true physiological change, even with patients who have dark skin or low perfusion."

"Those who attend and participate in the Innovation Celebration share Premier's commitment to providing innovative, valuable products to our members that impact healthcare's safety, quality and cost," said Durral Gilbert, senior vice president, Supply Chain Emerging Services, for Premier. "These innovations will truly benefit people across the nation as healthcare providers continue to improve care."

The new products were featured during Premier's 2012 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in Nashville. Nearly 4,500 healthcare providers and experts attended the conference June 5-8.

About Nonin Medical, Inc., a leader in noninvasive medical monitoring

Nonin Medical, Inc. invented finger pulse oximetry and designs and manufacturers innovative noninvasive medical monitoring solutions. Headquartered in Plymouth, Minn. with an additional distribution and service center in Hudiksvall, Sweden, Nonin sells its pulse and cerebral oximeters, capnographs, sensors and software to health professionals and consumers in more than 125 countries. The company has more than 100 OEM partners worldwide. For more information, visit www.noninequanox.com.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals and 84,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

* Validation data on file, Nonin Medical. Accuracy for EQUANOX™ Advance 8004CA sensor only.

**Davie, SN, Grocott HP. Impact of Extracranial Contamination on Regional Cerebral Oxygen Saturation: A Comparison of Three Cerebral Oximetry Technologies. Anesthesiology. 2012; 116(4):1-7.



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