Firat University Hospital Installs Masimo Patient SafetyNet(TM) System for Improved Oversight of NICU Patients


ELAZIG, TURKEY and IRVINE, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 29, 2013) - Firat University Hospital, one of the Eastern Turkey's leading health centers, and Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced that the hospital has deployed Masimo Patient SafetyNet™, clinically shown to help improve patient outcomes and save money.1

Firat joins a growing list of leading healthcare systems around the world using Patient SafetyNet, which can help ensure patient safety by noninvasively and continuously measuring and tracking a patient's underlying physiological conditions and detecting changes or abnormalities that signal declining health status in real-time. When changes occur in the measured values, which may indicate deterioration in the patient's condition, the system automatically sends wireless alerts directly to clinicians -- prompting a potentially lifesaving response to the patient's bedside. Patient SafetyNet also has been clinically shown to reduce preventable and costly rescue events and transfers to intensive care units.1

"We have found that Masimo Patient SafetyNet offers the best system when it comes to noninvasive bedside monitoring technologies," said Dr. Erdal Taşkin, associate professor of neonatology at Firat University Hospital. "Masimo SET® Pulse Oximetry and the Patient SafetyNet System reduced the number of clinical alarms in our neonatal intensive care unit by about 70 percent within the first five days of installation. Our workload in the NICU has been reduced because of far fewer false alarms, which we believe will help improve patient outcomes."

The installation of Patient SafetyNet at Firat University Hospital took place after an extensive evaluation process resulting in the organization's standardization to Masimo SET® Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry. The performance of Masimo SET® pulse oximetry is proven by more than 100 independent and objective studies and thousands of clinical evaluations. Masimo SET® is trusted by clinicians to safely monitor more than 100 million patients each year and is used hospital-wide by eight of the top 10 U.S. hospitals on the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll (2013-2014). Compared to other pulse oximeters during patient motion and low perfusion, Masimo SET® provides measurements when other pulse oximeters cannot, dramatically reduces false alarms (specificity), and accurately detects true alarms (sensitivity)2,3 that can indicate a deteriorating patient. Most importantly, Masimo SET® pulse oximetry is the only technology clinically proven to improve patient outcomes by helping clinicians reduce retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)4 in neonates, screen newborns for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD),5,6 reduce ventilator weaning time and arterial blood gas measurements in the ICU,7 and save lives and costs while reducing rapid response activations and intensive care unit transfers on the general floor.3

"Firat University Hospital has earned a reputation for delivering high-quality patient care in this tremendously important region of the world," said Joe Kiani, Founder and CEO of Masimo. "Through its embrace of advanced technology and medical services, it has distinguished itself as one of the best hospitals in the area. We are happy and honored to be partners with Firat, and look forward to helping it improve patient outcomes through Masimo's advanced patient monitoring technologies."

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3 Taenzer, Andreas H.; Pyke, Joshua B.; McGrath, Susan P.; Blike, George T. "Impact of Pulse Oximetry Surveillance on Rescue Events and Intensive Care Unit Transfers: A Before-and-After Concurrence Study." Anesthesiology, February 2010, Vol. 112, Issue 2. Available online here.
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About Firat University Hospital
Firat University Hospital is one of the Eastern Turkey's leading health centers, equipped with leading-edge technology and medical services, including a coronary intensive care unit, hemodialysis center, and a nuclear medicine unit. The hospital also is on the forefront of fertility diagnosis and treatment. Visit our website at

About Masimo
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is the global leader in innovative noninvasive monitoring technologies that significantly improve patient care -- helping solve "unsolvable" problems. In 1995, the company debuted Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion pulse oximetry, known as Masimo SET®, which virtually eliminated false alarms and increased pulse oximetry's ability to detect life-threatening events. More than 100 independent and objective studies have shown that Masimo SET® outperforms other pulse oximetry technologies, even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. In 2005, Masimo introduced rainbow SET® Pulse CO-Oximetry technology, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures, including total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), in addition to SpO2, pulse rate, and perfusion index (PI). Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at

Forward Looking Statements
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