ACUTRONIC Medical Systems Integrates Masimo SET(R) Pulse Oximetry Into fabian HFO Neonatal Critical Care Ventilators for Improved Patient Outcomes

November 22, 2013

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND and IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 11/22/13 -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today that ACUTRONIC Medical Systems AG has integrated Masimo SET® Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion™ pulse oximetry into ACUTRONIC's fabian HFO Neonatal Critical Care Ventilator for improved patient outcomes.

The fabian HFO, the world's first dedicated Neonatal Ventilator to offer Masimo SET® pulse oximetry, provides continuous display of newborn oxygenation status. Instead of using two separate devices to collect ventilation and oxygenation patient data, clinicians now simply attach the pulse oximetry sensor via USB interface to the fabian HFO to display oxygenation, perfusion index and pulse rate values on the ventilator's colour touchscreen. This combined technology platform will optimize patient assessments and improve workflow, allowing clinicians to spend more valuable time tending to patients.

"The integration of Masimo SET® within ACUTRONIC's fabian HFO ventilator is providing caregivers the ability to better assess their patients' oxygenation status, even during challenging conditions of patient motion and low perfusion," said Roland Hotz, President. "With our fabian HFO neonatal critical care ventilator, we offer clinicians leading technology on a highly versatile platform specifically designed for the most vulnerable of patient populations."

Masimo's President of Worldwide OEM Business & Corporate Development, Rick Fishel stated, "The synergies realized between our companies and products support Masimo's mission to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of care by taking noninvasive monitoring to new sites and applications. We are very pleased that Masimo's SET® Pulse Oximetry platform is a key component in ACUTRONIC's new neonatal ventilators."

Masimo SET® pulse oximetry has been shown to virtually eliminate false alarms1 and increase a clinician's ability to detect life-threatening events2 -- helping to substantially contribute to improved patient outcomes and patient safety. The clinical accuracy of Masimo SET® pulse oximetry has also been shown to help clinicians significantly reduce retinopathy of prematurity (ROP),3-5 screen for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) in newborns,6-8 reduce oxygen overdose9,10 and medical errors,11,12 and save lives in post-surgical floors, recovery,2 labor and delivery rooms,13 and ICUs.14

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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 Chow L.C., Wright K.W., Sola A.; CSMC Oxygen Administration Study Group. "Can Changes in Clinical Practice Decrease the Incidence of Severe Retinopathy of Prematurity in Very Low Birth Weight Infants?" Pediatrics. 2003 Feb;111(2):339-45.
4 Clinical Practice and SpO2 Technology in the Prevention of ROP in VLBW Infants. Castillo AR, Deulofeut R, Sola A. Presented at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting May 5-8, 2007.
5 Oxygen as a neonatal health hazard: call for détente in clinical practice. Sola A., Rogido, Marta, Deulofeut, Richard. Acta Paediatrica 2007; 96:801-812.
6 de Wahl Granelli A, Wennergren M, Sandberg K, et al. Impact of pulse oximetry screening on detection of duct dependent congenital heart disease: a Swedish prospective screening study in 39,821 newborns. BMJ 2009; 338: a3037.
7 Noninvasive Peripheral Perfusion Index as a Possible Tool for Screening for Critical Left Heart Obstruction. Granelli, AD, Ostman-Smith, I. Acta Paediatrica 2007; 96:1455-1459.
8 Screening for Duct-Dependent Congenital Heart Disease with Pulse Oximetry: A Critical Evaluation of Strategies to Maximize Sensitivity. Granelli AD, Mellander M, Sunnegardh J,Sandberg K, Ostman-Smith I. Acta Paediatr 2005; 94:1590-6.
9 Avoiding Hyperoxemia During Neonatal Resuscitation: Time to Response to Different SpO2 Monitors. Baquero H, Alviz R, Sola A. Presented at Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting May 5-8, 2007.
10 More Reliable Oximetry Reduces the Frequency of Arterial Blood Gas Analyses and Hastens Oxygen Weaning after Cardiac Surgery. Durbin CG, Rostow SK. Crit Care Med 2002; 30(8): 1735-1740
11 Advantages of New Technology Pulse Oximetry with Adults in Extremis. Durbin CG, Rostow SK. Anesth Analg 2002; 94: S81-S83
12 Pulse Oximetry Performance Can Affect Caregiver Time Utilization. Durbin CG, Rostow SK. Anesthesiology 2000;93(3A): A556.
13 Baquero H, Alviz R, Castillo A, Neira F, Sola A. "Avoiding Hyperoxemia During Neonatal Resuscitation: Time To Response Of Different SpO2 Monitors." Acta Paed April 2011 Vol. 100, Issue 4, pp 515-518. Published online here
14 Goldstein MR, Martin GI, Sindel BD, Furman GI, Ochikubo C, Yand L. SatSeconds Alarm Management Misses Short Desaturations Common to Periodic Breathing and Infantile Apnea. Pediatric Research 2001;49(4):400A/2296.

About ACUTRONIC Medical Systems AG
ACUTRONIC is a Swiss company developing, manufacturing and distributing high tech ventilation solutions for worldwide NICU's/PICU's, ICU's and Intensive Care Transportation. We are the leading partner for hospitals when it comes to the most critical areas of respiratory care: Neonatalogy/Pediatrics, Jet Ventilation and Difficult Airway Management. Our innovative products simplify the busy clinical routine for caregivers and increase the safety of patients. With over 30 years of experience and together with our global network of clinical experts, we keep challenging ourselves to continuously improve and set standards -- like the 'fabians', the most silent neo-ventilation concept in the marketplace today. We strive every day to provide the technologically best solutions that are needed for the most medically challenging patients. ACUTRONIC. Ventilation Beyond Limits.

About Masimo
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) develops innovative 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 demonstrate Masimo SET provides the most reliable SpO2 and pulse rate measurements even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. In 2005, Masimo introduced rainbow® Pulse CO-Oximetry™, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), in addition to SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI). In 2009, Masimo introduced rainbow Acoustic Monitoring™, the first-ever noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa™). Masimo's rainbow platform offers a breakthrough in patient safety by helping clinicians detect life-threatening conditions and helping guide treatment options. 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

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