The ability of Masimo SET® to accurately detect oxygen saturation changes (sensitivity) and avoid false alarms (specificity) has been validated in more than 100 independent and objective studies,(2) internal studies, and thousands of clinical evaluations. Most important, only Masimo SET® pulse oximetry has been shown to improve patient outcomes by helping clinicians reduce retinopathy of prematurity, screen newborns for critical congenital heart disease,(4,5) reduce ventilator weaning time,(6) and save lives while reducing rapid response activations and intensive care unit transfers on the general floor.(3)
Hospitals can further improve patient outcomes and comply with the Joint Commission recommendations by using Masimo Patient SafetyNet, which combines the performance of Masimo SET® pulse oximetry, the enabler of reliable monitoring in the general ward, with ventilation monitoring and wireless clinician notification. Patient SafetyNet can help ensure patients' safety by noninvasively and continuously measuring and tracking their underlying physiological conditions and changes that signal declining health status in real-time. When changes occur in the measured values, which may indicate deterioration in the patient's condition, the system automatically sends wireless alerts directly to clinicians -- prompting a potentially lifesaving response to the patient's bedside. Patient SafetyNet has been clinically shown to reduce preventable and costly rescue events, transfers to intensive care units, and deaths related to opioid-induced respiratory depression.(7)
The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal of improving clinical alarm systems will be effective in two phases in 2014 and 2016:
•As of July 1, 2014, hospital leaders establish alarm safety as a hospital priority •During 2014, hospitals identify the most important alarm signals to manage
As of January 1, 2016, hospitals should establish policies and procedures for managing the alarms identified that, at a minimum, address:
•Clinically appropriate settings for alarm signals •When alarm signals can be disabled •When alarm parameters can be changed •Who in the organization has the authority to set alarm parameters •Who in the organization has the authority to change alarm parameters •Who in the organization has the authority to set alarm parameters to "off" •Monitoring and responding to alarm signals •Checking individual alarm signals for accurate settings, proper operation, and detectability
Joe Kiani, Founder & CEO of Masimo, stated: "We applaud the Joint Commission for focusing attention on problems with medical device alarms, which consistently rank among the top most critical health technology hazards in hospitals. We launched Masimo nearly 25 years ago with a mission to eradicate pulse oximetry false alarms -- one of the most frequent false alarms plaguing hospitals. Clinicians have told us that countless patients have tragically died due to alarm fatigue, and that the performance of Masimo SET® Pulse Oximetry is a major reason they have embraced our technology."
Dr. Michael O'Reilly, Chief Medical Officer for Masimo, stated: "By solving the pulse oximeter's motion artifact limitation with Signal Extraction Technology®, Masimo has made a huge contribution to patient care and helped push safety monitoring to areas where patients previously weren't monitored due to the significant false-alarm rate associated with conventional pulse oximetry."
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