Detecting repetitive reductions in airflow is a vital measure of a patient’s respiratory status and requires close monitoring in higher risk patients, such as those:
* Recovering from surgery
* Being treated with pain medications
* Diagnosed with sleep apnea
* With a high body mass index
* Who are elderly
Recent research indicates that respiratory depression is the number one reason for code emergencies in hospitals today.1 Repeated drops in oxygen saturation levels may indicate an impending adverse event. Until now, it was not practical to monitor patients for repetitive reductions in airflow.
Most current pulse oximeters supply a real-time snapshot of a patient’s oxygen saturation (SpO2) but cannot provide the added benefit of detecting patterns of desaturation that could be a useful indicator of evolving ventilatory compromise. With a high degree of sensitivity and specificity, the OxiMax SPD alert utilizes a complex algorithm to detect patterns of desaturation that are indicative of repetitive reductions in airflow.
“Increasing demands on healthcare provides an opportunity for technology, such as the OxiMax SPD alert, to offer greater efficiency, identify potential health complications and prevent potentially life-threatening events,” said Chris Lowery, General Manager and Vice President, Patient Monitoring, Covidien. “Covidien is committed to advancing its respiratory monitoring systems globally to improve patient safety, medical efficacy and healthcare efficiency, today and in the future.”
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Respiratory and Monitoring Solutions
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