Patient-monitoring Masimo nets CE mark for noninvasive ‘supersensor’

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The Rainbow Super DCI-mini sensor reduces the need for multiple sensors to measure parameters, such as oxygen saturation and carboxyhemoglobin levels, in the blood.

Masimo has earned a CE mark for a reusable finger sensor that noninvasively measures a range of physiological parameters at the same time. This reduces the need to use multiple sensors in patient monitoring.

The reusable Rainbow Super DCI-mini sensor may be used to spot-check patients weighing 3 kg or more. It can be applied to an adult’s or child’s finger, and to an infant’s finger, thumb or great toe.

In addition to measuring oxygen saturation (SpO2), it also measures total hemoblogin (SpHb), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO), methemoglobin (SpMet), and arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2), the company said.

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Monitoring carboxyhemoglobin can help healthcare staff identify heightened carbon monoxide levels that may otherwise be missed in frontline settings, such as emergency care, the company said. Watching a patient’s methemoglobin—a form of hemoglobin that cannot bind oxygen—is useful in settings, such as the operating room, where drugs are used that can cause methemoglobinemia

“Since the invention of rainbow technology, we have been wanting our customers to be able to measure SpCO, SpMet, SpHb and SpO2 simultaneously. Now they can,” said Masimo CEO Joe Kiani. “In addition, we have been pursuing a spot-check sensor that fits all patients across the age spectrum. We believe the rainbow Super DCI-mini sensor will be especially valuable for use in triage and emergency care situations."