Masimo announced receiving FDA approval for the company’s RAS-125c Acoustic Respiration Cloth Sensor to be used for monitoring breathing in pediatric patients in post-op settings.
Previously approved for adult use, the sensor is worn on the neck where it listens to the upper airway and relays the readings to a display unit.
From the press release:
Masimo rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring noninvasively and continuously measures respiration rate using an innovative adhesive sensor with an integrated acoustic transducer that is easily and comfortably applied to the patient’s neck. Now indicated for use in pediatric patients, the accuracy of the RAS-125c Acoustic Respiration Rate Sensor remains the same (as the adult version) at ±1 over the range of 4 to 70 breaths per minute.
“It’s going to be a home run,” Michael Ramsay, M.D., Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, said of RRa. “Kids don’t tolerate capnography,” which entails a nasal cannula for monitoring respiratory rate and end-tidal CO2. Ramsay recently finished a study on the efficacy of RRa that will soon be published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.