- Use of SpHb® Noninvasive Hemoglobin Is Part of Leading Medical Teaching Facility's Standardization to Masimo SET® Pulse Oximetry
BURSA, Turkey and IRVINE, California, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) and Uludag University Hospital, one of the top educational healthcare facilities in all of Turkey, announce that Uludag has added Masimo SpHb® – a breakthrough technology that allows clinicians to noninvasively and continuously monitor hemoglobin blood levels.
The use of SpHb is part of Uludag's standardization to Masimo SET® Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion™ pulse oximetry, clinically shown to virtually eliminate false alarms and help clinicians better detect life-threatening events. This conversion represents Masimo's largest whole-house technology installation in Turkey to date.
Uludag University Hospital, with 880 beds and only one of two hospitals in the country to have Joint Commission International accreditation, is now leveraging Masimo SpHb in its operating rooms. SpHb has been clinically shown to reduce risky and unnecessary blood transfusions and speeds time to transfuse when indicated, while dramatically reducing costs.
"We use the Masimo Radical-7 Pulse CO-Oximeter with SpHb primarily for complex neurosurgeries of pediatric patients such as brain tumors and craniosynostosis," said Dr. Gulsen Korfali, a professor and Chairman of Anesthesiology and Reanimation at Uludag University. "We have a particular need to track hemoglobin levels on a continuous basis and stay noninvasive on the most vulnerable patient population – children."
"Masimo SET also has tremendously reduced our sensor consumption because they last longer," Dr. Korfali added. "We used to discard sensors every day. Now we can use a sensor for up to five days. We also have almost no false alarms and a higher ability to detect desaturations with Masimo SET in our critical care areas."
Hemoglobin levels are used as a primary indicator for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion, but conventional laboratory measurements are only available intermittently and results can be delayed in the period between blood draw and laboratory analysis. This time gap of information can lead to sub-optimal transfusion decisions. RBC transfusion overuse as well as delayed RBC transfusion can increase patient risk and cost of care. Multiple observational studies have shown that patients receiving RBC transfusions have an 88% higher mortality, 69% higher infection rate, and 250% higher rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome.
SpHb monitoring provides real-time directional trends in hemoglobin, such as indicating stable hemoglobin when it may be perceived to be dropping, and rising hemoglobin when it may be perceived to not be rising fast enough. A recent study from Cairo University in Egypt also showed that once clinicians determined a transfusion was needed, they were able to initiate transfusions 82% faster – in about 9 minutes, compared to about 50 minutes for patients not being monitored by SpHb.3 That same study also showed SpHb can help clinicians reduce unnecessary and risky RBC transfusions, which can improve patient outcomes while dramatically lowering the cost of care.
Joe Kiani, founder and CEO of Masimo, stated: "We are honored that Uludag University Hospital, one of the top-performing hospitals in Turkey with an inspiring reputation for excellence, has selected Masimo for its patient monitoring needs. As a forward-thinking healthcare organization that embraces innovative medical technologies, we are eager to help Uludag improve its already superb patient safety and outcomes."
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About Uludag University Hospital
Uludag University Hospital, with 880 beds and only one of two hospitals in Turkey to have Joint Commission International accreditation, is now leveraging Masimo SpHb in its operating rooms and Intensive Care Units. Please visit http://en.uludag.edu.tr/
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 help clinicians 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 ® Pulse CO-Oximetry™ technology, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures; total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), PVI®, and perfusion index (PI), in addition to measure-through motion SpO2, and pulse rate. 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 commercially available noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa™). Masimo SET® and Masimo rainbow® 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.
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