Masimo Corporation, a company that has declared a war on CVP catheters everywhere, is now opening a new front in this battle, by expanding the testing parameters of its pulse oximeters to include continuous non-invasive hemoglobin monitoring. The function allows clinicians to continuously monitor patients at risk for bleeding, whether in OR, ER or in ICU, set proper transfusion targets, and generally provide a more watchful eye on patients.
From a statement by the company:
The availability of noninvasive, continuous, and immediate hemoglobin measurements is expected to have wide ranging clinical impact, from surgery and intensive care to less acute care settings, including the emergency department, physician office, ambulatory surgery center, and long-term care facility by facilitating prompt detection of internal bleeding and more appropriate administration of blood transfusions. Early benefits and impact of Masimo SpHb were evident in feedback received from clinicians at hospitals around the world who participated in the limited market release.
SpHb is part of the Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry patient monitoring platform—the first-and-only upgradable technology platform capable of continuously and noninvasively measuring multiple blood constituents and helping to predict fluid responsiveness in patients previously requiring invasive procedures. Masimo Rainbow SET noninvasive measurements—including: total hemoglobin (SpHb™), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), PVI™, oxyhemoglobin (SpO2), pulse rate (PR), and perfusion index (PI)—have the potential to facilitate faster, easier and safer health decisions.
Currently available in bedside Masimo Radical-7® and Rad-87® Pulse CO-Oximeter patient monitors, SpHb will also be offered in handheld monitors and select multiparameter patient monitoring brands through Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximetry technology license agreements.
Product page: Masimio Rainbow SET® Hemoglobin