IRVINE, Calif., April 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced the China State Food and Drug Administration and South Korea Food and Drug Administration regulatory clearances of Masimo Pronto-7™ – enabling clinicians throughout both countries to conveniently and noninvasively measure total hemoglobin (SpHb®), SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index.
Earlier this year, Masimo announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance and full market release of the new Pronto-7, which includes expanded sensor size options to accommodate a wider range of finger sizes and the addition of a Max Sensitivity Mode.
Su Lei, director of ICU at China's General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, praised the Pronto-7 as a time- and potentially life-saving device. "In our ICU, Pronto-7 helps to get the SpHb value in an extremely quick way," Lei said. "The Pronto-7 quickly determines the hemoglobin levels for acute and critically ill patients and helps our staff with early intervention when necessary."
The Pronto-7 measures hemoglobin in less than one minute – without the needles, risk of blood contamination, hazardous medical waste, including blood contaminated sharps, laboratory analysis, and patient discomfort associated with traditional blood tests. With dimensions of just 13 cm x 7.2 cm x 2.5 cm (5.1" x 2.8" x 1") and weight of 296 grams (10.5 ounces), the palm-sized Pronto-7 puts the power of noninvasive hemoglobin spot-check testing, along with SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index, into any clinician's hands. The device's embedded 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® communication capability offers wireless printing or emailing of test results. Future upgrades will allow for wireless transmission to electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Masimo Founder and CEO, Joe Kiani, stated: "Regulatory clearance of the Pronto-7 in China and South Korea will offer clinicians in those countries better ways to monitor and care for their patients. We are proud our innovative, completely noninvasive technology will enable clinicians to deliver the right care, at the right time to patients in these countries."
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is the global leader in innovative noninvasive 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 SET® Pulse CO-Oximetry™ technology, 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 2008, the company introduced Masimo SafetyNet™, a remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system designed to help hospitals avoid preventable deaths and injuries associated with failure to rescue events. In 2009, Masimo introduced rainbow Acoustic Monitoring™, the first-ever noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa™). Masimo's rainbow SET technology platform offers a breakthrough in patient safety by helping clinicians detect life-threatening conditions and helping guide treatment options. In 2010, Masimo acquired SEDLine®, a pioneer in the development of innovative brain function monitoring technology and devices. Masimo SET and Masimo rainbow SET technologies can be also found in over 100 multiparameter patient monitors from over 50 medical device manufacturers around the world. 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 www.masimo.com.
This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in connection with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations about future events affecting us and are subject to risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control and could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in our forward-looking statements as a result of various risk factors, including, but not limited to: risks related to our assumptions of the repeatability of clinical results obtained using the new Masimo Pronto-7 and noninvasive sensor sizes, risks related to our belief that the Pronto-7 enables quick and easy noninvasive spot-checking of hemoglobin (SpHb®), SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index at the point-of-care for all patients, as well as other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which may be obtained for free at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we do not know whether our expectations will prove correct. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of today's date. We do not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these statements or the "Risk Factors" contained in our most recent reports filed with the SEC, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under the applicable securities laws.
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