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New South Wales Hospital Installs Australia’s First Masimo Patient SafetyNet System

Australia’s first Masimo Patient SafetyNet System was recently installed at the John Hunter Children's Hospital in New South Wales.

A Health Care Worker Responding to Patient SafetyNet Alert

Masimo has invented the Measure-Through Motion and the Low Perfusion pulse oximetry systems. The Patient SafetyNet System is an advanced remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system that is utilized for continual and noninvasive monitoring of the physiological status of specific   medical ward patients. Such monitoring facilitates early detection of distress or deterioration in patients and enables potential life saving interventions.

Live demonstration of the system was witnessed by the guests at the inaugural unveiling ceremony of the Patient SafetyNet System in the hospital. The guests could see the way patients are remotely and continually monitored by the Masimo SET pulse oximeters through a noninvasive finger sensor. The demonstration also highlighted setting up of clinical assignments and alarms, transmission of patient alarms and data to the central monitoring station from the bedside monitors for alerting clinicians about the deteriorating condition of the patients. This system helps the clinicians to immediately initiate rescue and treatment actions.

The system remotely monitors the patient’s multiple physiological parameters, such as quantity of oxygen in the pulse rate and blood, and alerts clinicians automatically to changes that denote patient distress or deterioration. A two-year clinical study was conducted and its results were published in February 2010. The study showed that the system has helped to reduce ICU transfers by 48% and rescue events and activations to the extent of 65%. The system contributed to considerable progress in patient outcomes.

The system is completely integrated into the IT infrastructure of the hospital, along with the central monitoring station that is positioned at the nurse’s station. Every Patient SafetyNet monitor in the ward is displayed by this monitoring station to help the nurses to observe crucial signs as well as alarm activations for every patient. The Patient SafetyNet has combined the gold standard certified performance of the Masimo SET pulse oximetry, along with the respiration rate monitoring system at the automated, point-of-care wireless clinical notifications through a pager. This arrangement enables the Patient SafetyNet to offer an unsurpassed level of protection for a maximum of 80 patients on 4 floors. The Patient SafetyNet utilizes open IEEE industry standards to ensure connectivity. The connectivity ensures more efficient data sharing across the IT platforms of a hospital, besides providing an option to completely integrate the system into the existing infrastructure of a hospital, thereby resulting in better financial benefits and reduced total cost of ownership.

Source: http://www.masimo.com

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