IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/02/15 --
The world-renowned Illinois Fire Service Institute has become the site of the first program in the nation to train firefighters on new safety standards designed to better protect firefighters from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, including use of Masimo's (NASDAQ: MASI) first and only FDA-cleared arterial blood CO monitor, SpCO® technology, to noninvasively monitor CO levels in the blood.
Hosted by the City of Champaign (Ill.) Fire Department in cooperation with the Illinois Fire Service Institute, this program set the course for national training efforts. Hundreds of firefighters from the Champaign Fire Department and across Illinois recently took part in a three-day training course, triggered by the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) newly updated Fire Rehabilitation Standard (NFPA 1584), which requires firefighters exposed to smoke at incident scenes and during training to be assessed for CO poisoning. Randolph Mantooth, a national advocate for CO monitoring and firefighter safety who is recognized for his role as Los Angeles County firefighter/paramedic John Gage in the television show, "Emergency!", delivered the opening remarks for the course. With the support of the Congressional Fire Services Institute and other organizations, Masimo is helping departments and agencies nationwide implement the new standard through peer-reviewed training programs.
Exposure to CO -- a tasteless, odorless, invisible gas -- puts firefighters at significant risk, as even mild CO poisoning can cause mental confusion, which can lead to poor decision-making that puts both the exposed firefighter and others in jeopardy.1 CO poisoning also poses long-term health risks. Heart injury is a frequent consequence of moderate to severe CO poisoning,2 while consistent exposure to CO poisoning may cause long-term heart and neurological damage.3 CO poisoning is often misdiagnosed because symptoms are similar to the flu.4
Masimo's rainbow® SET technology provides noninvasive carboxyhemoglobin saturation (SpCO), a measure of CO in the blood, from a single multi-wavelength finger sensor that also provides two other vital signs measurements required by the NFPA 1584 standard, oxygen saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate.
Gary Ludwig, fire chief of the Champaign Fire Department and well-known author and speaker, said, "The training that was delivered was invaluable. I've heard nothing but positive comments from the firefighters who took the class, and we were particularly impressed with the ability to noninvasively monitor CO levels at the scene. We all believe that firefighters should go home at the end of their shift. This important class will help us to make sure we are rehabbing and medically monitoring our firefighters during operations."
SpCO is not intended as a standalone diagnostic test. Laboratory testing should be performed prior to diagnosis.
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2 Henry C. et al. "Myocardial injury and long-term mortality following moderate to severe carbon monoxide poisoning."
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3 Bledsoe BE. Journal of Emergency Medical Services. 2007; 32:54-59.
4 Varon J. et al. Carbon monoxide poisoning: A review for clinicians. J Emerg Med 1999; 17(1):87-93.
Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) is a 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 could only be measured invasively, 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 www.masimo.com. @masimoinnovates
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