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Patient monitoring and respiratory care devices provider Covidien has introduced the Nellcor SpO2 single parameter module for use with Philips’ IntelliVue MP40, MP90, MX 600, MX 700 and MX 800 monitors.

Nellcor SpO2 module, incorporating OxiMax pulse oximetry technology, provides clinicians with cardiac-based readings of SpO2 and pulse rates that can serve as an early warning for serious respiratory complications.

Robert J. White, Covidien respiratory and monitoring solutions president, said continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation through the single parameter module’s pulse oximetry technology improves clinical decision-making, affecting patient safety.

"This new product offering underscores the commitment of Covidien to patient care across all areas of the hospital, from the general care ward to critical care areas, such as the intensive care unit and neonatal care ward," White added.

Covidien respiratory and monitoring solutions chief medical officer Scott Kelley said, as Nellcor OxiMax technology relies on cardiac signals, it mitigates signal interference and offers clinicians an accurate and reliable means for monitoring patients in a variety of settings and challenging conditions, such as low perfusion.

"Patient care and safety is further enhanced by an alarm management feature that helps clinicians overcome ‘alarm fatigue’ by distinguishing between minor, transient events and clinically significant changes in desaturation," Kelley added.

Nellcor SpO2 single parameter module is also compatible with the company’s Nellcor forehead sensor, Nellcor non-adhesive sensors and single-patient-use oximetry sensors.

Nellcor forehead sensor, approved for use with ventilated patients, detects changes in oxygen saturation and gives readings when conventional finger sensors fail.

Nellcor non-adhesive sensors protect sensitive skin of neonatal patients, while single-patient-use oximetry sensors protect against hospital-acquired infections.

Image: Nellcor SpO2 module creates SpO2 and pulse rate readings that serve as an early warning for serious respiratory complications. Photo courtesy of: Covidien.