IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced the conversion of Albany Medical Center (AMC), one of the biggest hospitals in the Capital (N.Y.) Region, to Masimo rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry and sensor technologies for advanced noninvasive patient monitoring capabilities.
The conversion equips AMC – which incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical College – with breakthrough rainbow® technology that allows clinicians to measure multiple blood constituents, fluid responsiveness, respiration rate, and other physiological parameters without invasive blood draws and time-consuming laboratory analysis. Parameters in use include total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), in addition to the Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion performance of Masimo SET® oxyhemoglobin (SpO2), perfusion index (PI), and pulse rate (PR). The pulse oximetry standard-of-care at leading hospitals worldwide, Masimo SET® virtually eliminates false alarms1 and increases a clinician's ability to detect life-threatening events.2
"The ability to monitor surgical patients' hemoglobin noninvasively and continuously with Masimo technology helps us better manage blood use in the ICU," said Heidi DeBlock, MD, FCCM, and Associate Professor of Surgery Albany Medical Center. "More timely measurement of a patient's hemoglobin allows us to potentially reduce costly blood transfusions, which can be risky and unnecessary. Not only does Masimo's technology help save patients, it helps save money."
Albany Medical Center Hospital provides care to more than 32,500 inpatients and 533,000 outpatients annually. The Albany Medical College, meanwhile, trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals and is home to the region's largest physicians practice with 325 doctors.
1 Shah N, Ragaswamy H, Govindugari K, Estanol L. "Performance of three new-generation pulse oximeters during motion and low perfusion in volunteers." Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. 2012 (10.1016/j.jclinane.2011.10.012) Available online here
2 Taenzer, Andreas H.; Pyke, Joshua B.; McGrath, Susan P.; Blike, George T. "Impact of Pulse Oximetry Surveillance on Rescue Events and Intensive Care Unit Transfers: A Before-and-After Concurrence Study." Anesthesiology, February 2010, Vol. 112, Issue 2. Available online here
About Albany Medical Center
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center and is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which provides care to more than 32,500 inpatients and 533,000 outpatients annually and offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals and is home to the region's largest physicians practice with 325 doctors. For more information visit www.amc.edu
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is the global leader in innovative noninvasive 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 have shown that Masimo SET® outperforms other pulse oximetry technologies, even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. In 2005, Masimo introduced rainbow SET® Pulse CO-Oximetry technology, 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 2008, Masimo introduced Patient SafetyNet™, a remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system designed to help hospitals avoid preventable deaths and injuries associated with failure to rescue events. In 2009, Masimo introduced rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring™, the first-ever noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa™). Masimo's rainbow® SET® technology platform offers a breakthrough in patient safety by helping clinicians detect life-threatening conditions and helping guide treatment options. In 2010, Masimo acquired SEDLine®, a pioneer in the development of innovative brain function monitoring technology and devices. In 2012, Masimo acquired assets of Spire Semiconductor, LLC, maker of advanced light emitting diode (LED) and other advanced component-level technologies; and acquired PHASEIN AB, a developer and manufacturer of ultra-compact mainstream and sidestream capnography, multigas analyzers, and handheld capnometry solutions. Masimo SET® and Masimo rainbow® SET® technologies also can be found in over 100 multiparameter patient monitors from over 50 medical device manufacturers around the world. 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 www.masimo.com.
Forward Looking StatementsThis 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 that the hospital-wide conversion ensures that all AMC patients will be cared for using the most technologically and clinically-advanced noninvasive patient monitoring solutions available; risks related to our belief thatMasimorainbow SET provides real-time results for all patients to help clinicians to more rapidly assess, diagnose, and treat every patient; risks related to our belief that SpHb detects low or falling hemoglobin levels that could be the result of internal bleeding; as well as other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent reports filed with theSecurities and Exchange Commission("SEC"), which may be obtained for free at theSEC's website atwww.sec.gov. 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 theSEC, 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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