News | September 11, 2006

New Patient Safety Net System Enables Compliance with ASA Guidelines

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recently adopted practice guidelines for the perioperative management of patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to reduce the risk of adverse outcomes in patients with OSA who receive sedation, analgesia or anesthesia.
Masimo, the inventor and pioneer of Read-Through Motion and Low Perfusion Pulse Oximetry, has recently introduced the RadNet Patient Safety Net System to help clinicians monitor their patients continuously and remotely. RadNet provides surveillance for up to 28 patients by either hardwired or wireless connectivity from point of care monitors to a base monitoring station
OSA is a syndrome characterized by periodic, partial, or complete obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. Even patients without a history of OSA can develop OSA during perioperative phases. OSA patients are especially vulnerable during the postoperative period because protective arousal reflexes are diminished due to the effects of anesthesia and opioid analgesia. The ASA guidelines recommend preoperative screening of all surgical patients for OSA followed by a postoperative protocol of continuous pulse oximetry monitoring until the patient is no longer at risk.
The key to the success of the RadNet system is Masimo SET pulse oximetry technology, proven through more than 80 independent and objective published clinical studies to be the most reliable and accurate pulse oximeter during challenging conditions such as patient motion, low perfusion and bright lights, which can confuse other pulse oximetry technologies.
For more information contact Tom McCall, 949-297-7075, [email protected].