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Albany Medical Center Standardizes To Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry®

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 (SpO 2), perfusion index (PI), and pulse rate (PR). The pulse oximetry standard-of-care at leading hospitals worldwide, Masimo SET ® virtually eliminates false alarms 1 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 About Masimo

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