FAIRFAX, Va. and IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Inova Health System, one of the largest healthcare systems in Northern Virginia and the Washington D.C. metro area, today renewed its long-standing contract and commitment to Masimo SET ® as its pulse oximetry standard-of-care. The new five-year contract now includes Inova Loudoun Hospital – making Masimo pulse oximetry technologies and devices the standard-of-care for all care areas of five hospitals within the Inova Health System, including Inova Fairfax Hospital, rated No. 1 in the Washington, D.C. area on the 2012-2013 U.S. News & World Reporthonor roll. The contract also adds Masimo rainbow ® SET ® measurement capabilities with Masimo's handheld Rad-57™ Pulse CO-Oximeter™, designed to deliver rapid noninvasive blood measurements for improved patient assessments. Inova Health System standardized on Masimo SET ® pulse oximetry technology for Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion SpO 2, pulse rate, and perfusion index measurements more than seven years ago because it virtually eliminates false alarms 1 and increases a clinician's ability to detect life-threatening events 2. More than 100 independent clinical studies have confirmed that Masimo SET ® technology allows clinicians to accurately monitor blood oxygen saturation in the most challenging conditions – establishing the technology as an industry-leading pulse oximetry that substantially contributes to improved patient outcomes. Today, the health system is expanding its relationship with Masimo and deploying two new Masimo rainbow ® SET ® Pulse CO-Oximetry measurements: carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®) and methemoglobin (SpMet®), which help clinicians measure and detect carbon monoxide and methemoglobin blood levels without a painful needle stick or time-consuming blood lab analysis 3,4. Masimo rainbow ® SET ® technology has been shown to have the highest pulse oximetry specificity (lowest rate of false alarms) and sensitivity (highest true alarm detection), 2 as well as noninvasive patient monitoring solutions that allow clinicians to measure multiple blood constituents – including: oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), acoustic respiration rate (RRa™), and perfusion index (PI) in addition to the Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion performance of Masimo SET® oxyhemoglobin (SpO 2), and pulse rate (PR). Thanks to Masimo's upgradable technology platform, Inova's existing Radical-7 ® bedside monitors can be upgraded to include additional Masimo rainbow ® SET ® measurements via a simple software upgrade that may be purchased at any time. No additional hardware or devices are required to obtain Masimo's full suite of noninvasive rainbow ® SET ® measurements – saving the health system time and money. 1 Shah N, Ragaswamy HB, Govindugari K, Estanol L "Performance of Three New-Generation Pulse Oximeters during Motion and Low Perfusion in Volunteers". J Clin Anesth. 2012 Aug;24(5):385-91. 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. 3 Suner, S. Noninvasive Pulse CO-Oximetry Screening in the Emergency Department Identifies Occult Carbon Monoxide Toxicity. J Emerg Med 2007; 34(4):441-450.