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Untitled Page Published: May 13, 2009 10:30 AM



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A common challenge for children with asthma is the requirement of a forced expiratory test called spirometry. Masimo’s SpCO product provides a noninvasive measurement from the Rainbow SET Pulse CO-Oximeters and sensors that are already used in many hospitals. Results are obtained without requiring patient instruction or breathing effort.

As a result, SpCO may help to improve the assessment of asthma severity and response to treatment in young children and patients who are unconscious, heavily sedated, unable to understand and follow instructions, or have limitations that would interfere with vigorous respiratory efforts.

"We have limited measures to assess severity of acute asthma exacerbations and the finding of an association between carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO) by multi-wavelength Pulse CO-Oximeter may have clinical importance," states Donald H. Arnold, M.D., MPH, associate professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "Our preliminary results suggest that SpCO is a measure of oxidative stress and inflammation in pediatric patients with acute asthma exacerbations."

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