Covidien Announces Iowa Health System’s Conversion to the Nellcor(TM) OxiMax(TM) Pulse Oximetry Syst

IHS, the largest integrated healthcare provider in the state, has adopted use of the entire portfolio of Covidien  Nellcor™ OxiMax™ pulse oximetry products. The Nellcor OxiMax Pulse Oximetry Systems developed by Covidien, a leading global supplier of healthcare products, provide efficient and safe monitoring of patient oxygenation levels and are used at medical facilities worldwide.

IHS treats nearly one of every three patients in Iowa and is the largest integrated medical provider in the state. The system encompasses seven affiliates in Iowa and western Illinois and has more than 1.8 million patient visits annually.

The IHS mission is to deliver the “Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time.” Full standardization on Nellcor pulse oximetry products will allow IHS to provide innovative technology to every patient in its entire community of facilities.

April Fitzer, Vice President of Contracting, IHS said, Iowa Health System is committed to providing the right solutions for the best outcomes. We are excited to partner with Covidien for pulse oximetry technology to achieve that goal.

The flagship product of the Nellcor line — the OxiMax N-600x pulse oximeter— delivers accurate, reliable readings of patient oxygen levels and features SatSeconds™ alarm management and Nellcor OxiMax technology.

Monitoring oxygen saturation level is critical in the healthcare setting, particularly for patients with high body mass index, undergoing surgery, reduced consciousness because of pain medication or exhaustion, or have a history of sleep apnea, snoring and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Also at high risk are the elderly, 65 years and older, who according to the Centers for Disease Control, are the largest population of patients entering U.S. hospitals.