Masimo Initiates Limited Market Release of Universal ReSposable(TM) Pulse Oximetry Sensor System


Offering a Green, Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion Performance Alternative



IRVINE, Calif.,  --Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today limited market release of  the Universal ReSposable(TM) Pulse Oximetry Sensor System, offering the Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion performance and accuracy of SET(®), as well as the comfort of its single-patient-use adhesive sensors with the cost-effectiveness and environmental advantages of a reusable sensor. 



The new Universal ReSposable pulse oximetry sensor was created after more than 10 years of research and development with feedback from hundreds of clinicians on what they wanted most in a sensor - less waste, more value, and the Masimo SET(®) performance.



The new ReSposable sensor components sit atop the sensor - not embedded - reducing risk of pressure points. Patients also can be disconnected from a pulse oximeter without having to carry the sensor cable.



"We've been impressed not only with the reduction in costs, but the ReSposable sensor is helping us meet our environmental, waste-reduction goals," said SuzAnne J Gil, Clinical Resource Manager at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico. "In an era when hospitals are expected to deliver quality care, while controlling costs and carbon footprints, Masimo's ReSposable sensors offer a clear benefit for patients, clinicians and facility administrators."



"The Masimo innovative ReSposable concept should be considered for any clinical unit regarding SpO(2) sensor usage because of its sustainability both in terms of cost-control and waste-reduction policies," said Dr. Concha Goni, head of neonatal and pediatric intensive care units at Hospital Virgen del Camino in Pamplona, Spain, where the sensor has been used as part of Masimo's pre-market release testing.



Masimo's Universal ReSposable SpO(2 )sensors generate up to 90% less waste vs. 34% less waste with reprocessing,* while reducing carbon emissions up to 41% vs. 43% more emissions with reprocessing.**



Disposable pulse oximetry sensors historically have offered the best performance, greatest ease of use, and most comfort, but do generate more waste than reusable sensors. Reusable sensors may offer low environmental impact, but do not offer the same performance, comfort, or reduction of cross-contamination risk as disposable sensors. And third-party reprocessed sensors do not offer the same performance or quality as new sensors, as evidenced by their own indications for use statements. Moreover, reprocessed sensors have a higher carbon footprint than new sensors, due to greater greenhouse gas emissions from transport, reprocessing, and decontamination procedures.



Joe Kiani, CEO and Founder of Masimo, said, "More than ever, hospitals are under pressure to reduce costs and implement green initiatives, while maintaining infection-control practices to protect patients and staff from cross-contamination. While the ultimate way to reduce cost and improve care is through process of care improvements made possible by technologies like SET(®) and rainbow(®), with ReSposable sensors, hospital materials management departments can meet the cost reduction edicts, while helping their hospitals meet their environmental, and safety goals, and most importantly ensure that their patients are provided with accurate monitoring when they need it most."



Contact your local Masimo sales representative for demonstration of the Universal ReSposable Sensors. To locate a Masimo representative or distributor in your area and evaluate the Universal ReSposable SpO(2) Sensor System, call 1-800-257-3810 or visit www.masimo.com.



*Waste calculated by sensor weight for 40% reprocessed sensors with a mix of 80% Adult and Pediatric sensors, 20% Neo and infant sensors.



**Carbon footprint comparisons calculated by lbs. CO(2) emissions with same reprocess mix as waste. Carbon footprint calculations validated by Carbonfund.org in November, 2011.



About Masimo

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 all 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(TM) technology, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC(TM)), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), in addition to SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI). In 2008, the company introduced Masimo Patient SafetyNet(TM), 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(TM), the first-ever noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa(TM)). 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. Masimo SET® and Masimo rainbow SET® technologies can also 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.



Media Contact:

Mike Drummond

Masimo Corporation

Phone: (949) 297-7434

Email: mdrummond@masimo.com



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