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NIH: Masimo’s SpCO may gauge asthma severity in kids

The Irvine-based developer of medical monitoring technologies is the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry.

By Susan BelknappPublished: May 13, 2009 10:00 AM

Masimo of Irvine announced today that a studied conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that its product SpCO may provide a noninvasive measure of acute asthma severity in children.

The study, conducted in the Emergency Department of Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, in Nashville, Tenn., shows that the Masimo Rainbow SET Pulse CO Oximetry (SpCO) may help clinicians better assess asthma severity because it provides a noninvasive means to measure carbon monoxide in the blood.

The study was funded by the NIH and presented at the Pediatric Academy Societies (PAS) annual meeting on May 5.

Asthma is a life-threatening inflammatory disease of the airways that affects more than 6 million children in the United States leading to more pediatric hospitalizations than any other cause.

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