Masimo is releasing its new Universal ReSposable Pulse Oximetry Sensor System, a money saving solution that also has environmental benefits. The device was developed with the realization that disposable sensors provide higher quality data, ease of use and comfort for the patient, but reusable ones are less wasteful and cheaper in the long run.
The Universal ReSposable pulse oximeter is, as the name implies, a mashup of including the benefits of reusable and disposable devices in single product. It provides high clinical precision but without the environmental costs of disposable or even reusable devices.
The new ReSposable sensor components sit atop the sensor – not embedded – reducing risk of pressure points. Patients also can be disconnected from a pulse oximeter without having to carry the sensor cable.
Masimo’s Universal ReSposable SpO2 sensors generate up to 90% less waste vs. 34% less waste with reprocessing, while reducing carbon emissions up to 41% vs. 43% more emissions with reprocessing.
Disposable pulse oximetry sensors historically have offered the best performance, greatest ease of use, and most comfort, but do generate more waste than reusable sensors. Reusable sensors may offer low environmental impact, but do not offer the same performance, comfort, or reduction of cross-contamination risk as disposable sensors. And third-party reprocessed sensors do not offer the same performance or quality as new sensors, as evidenced by their own indications for use statements. Moreover, reprocessed sensors have a higher carbon footprint than new sensors, due to greater greenhouse gas emissions from transport, reprocessing, and decontamination procedures