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 News Release - May 16, 2013

New Clinical Study Finds Masimo rainbow(R) Acoustic Monitoring(TM) Technology More Accurately, Precisely, and Reliably Detects Ventilatory Pauses in Post-Surgical Patients

Published in the June 2013 Issue of Anesthesia & analgesia, Study Demonstrates that Acoustic Respiration Rate (RRa™) is More Sensitive to Ventilation Changes than Capnometry

IRVINE, Calif., May 16, 2013 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Masimo (MASI) announced today that a new study to be published in the June 2013 edition of the journal Anesthesia & analgesia (available online today) concludes that Acoustic Respiration Rate (RRa™) shows "significantly greater accuracy and precision for respiratory rate as compared to capnometry." Study results suggest that "the capnometer is about 3% less precise" than RRa (95% confidence interval, 0.9-4.8%).1

Abnormal ventilatory rate is a common clinical occurrence that can precede a major clinical event, such as cardiac arrest, onset of sepsis, and respiratory infection.2,3 Continuous monitoring of respiration rate—a critical ventilatory vital sign that provides early detection of respiratory compromise and patient distress—is especially important for post-surgical patients receiving sedatives, opioids, or patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) for pain management as the sedation can induce respiratory depression and place patients at considerable risk of serious injury or death.4-7

In the published study, 33 (adult) post-surgical patients were monitored in the post-anesthesia care unit using a Masimo Pulse CO-Oximeter with rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring™ technology (Rad-87, version 7804) connected to an adhesive acoustic respiration rate Sensor (RAS-125, rev C) applied to the neck and a nasal cannula connected to a bedside capnometer (Oridion Capnostream20, version 4.5). Both the acoustic monitor and capnometer were connected to a computer for continuous acoustic and expiratory carbon dioxide waveform recordings—enabling automatic calculation of a reference ventilatory rate for each device—while a trained technician simultaneously listened to the breathing sounds from the acoustic signal to determine inspiration and expiration reference markers within the ventilatory cycle. Results after 3,712 total monitoring minutes (average of 112 minutes per subject) showed rainbow® acoustic respiration rate monitoring had "significantly greater accuracy (P = 0.0056) and precision (P = 0.0024) for respiration rate as compared with capnometry" and "trended a higher sensitivity (P = 0.0461)" to pauses in ventilation (81% vs 62%) in 21 apneic events." While reliability of the two devices was high on average, study authors noted that study "results suggest that the capnometer is about 3% less precise…."1

The study concluded that, relative to capnometry, acoustic respiration rate (RRa) "demonstrated greater accuracy, precision, and sensitivity to pauses in ventilation."

According to the study's lead researcher and author, Michael Ramsay, M.D., Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, "The results of our study show that the addition of RRa for continuous ventilatory rate monitoring provides a safety net for post-surgical patients receiving opioids with the potential to greatly improve the timeliness of response to an adverse respiratory event. Both of which help to improve patient safety and outcomes for post-surgical patients in recovery areas and on general care floors."

Masimo rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring™ technology noninvasively and continuously measures respiration rate using an innovative adhesive sensor with an integrated acoustic transducer that is easily and comfortably applied to the patient's neck. Using acoustic signal processing that leverages Masimo's patented revolutionary Signal Extraction Technology (SET®), the respiratory signal is separated and processed to display continuous acoustic respiration rate (RRa)—enabling earlier detection of respiratory compromise and patient distress.

As a result of mounting evidence of the increased risk to patients, many nationally recognized health care organizations have launched major initiatives recommending continuous monitoring of oxygenation and ventilation of post-surgical patients to detect and respond appropriately to the early indicators of physiological deterioration, including: the Institute for Healthcare Improvement,8 the Joint Commission,9,10 the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation,11 and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.12 Traditional methods for monitoring a patient's respiration rate have demonstrated limitations that can affect accuracy and patient tolerance.13-15

"This study provides a side-by-side analysis of RRa and capnography measurements that compares more than 3,700 monitored minutes of continuous respiration data," said Michael O'Reilly, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Masimo. "With such detailed data points and critical analysis, the results are undeniable—Masimo rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring™ technology offers improved sensitivity, accuracy, precision and reliability over capnometry for continuous monitoring of ventilation rate in post-surgical patients."

1 Ramsay M, Usman M, Lagow E, Mendoza M, Untalan E, De Vol E. "The Accuracy, Precision and Reliability of Measuring Ventilatory Rate and Detecting Ventilatory Pause by rainbow Acoustic Monitoring and Capnometry." Anesth Analg; April 30, 2013 ANE.0b013e318290c798. Available online here.

2 Schein RM, Hazday N, Pena M, Ruben BH, Sprung CL. "Clinical antecedents to in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest." Chest 1990;98:1388–92. Available online here.

3 Mailey J, Digiovine B, Baillod D, Gnam G, Jordan J, Rubinfeld I. "Reducing hospital standardized mortality rate with early interventions." J Trauma Nurs 2006;13:178–82. Available online here.

4 Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Sentinel event alert: patient controlled analgesia by proxy; JCAHO. 2004. Available online here.

5 Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Safety issues with patient-controlled analgesia: Part I – How errors occur; ISMP. 2003. Available online here.

6 Institute for Safe Medication Practices. Safety issues with patient-controlled analgesia: Part II – How to prevent errors; ISMP. 2003. Available online here.

7 Bird M. "Acute pain management: a new area of liability for anesthesiologists"; ASA Newsletter. 2007; 71:8. Available online here.

8 Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Rapid Response Teams. Available online here.

9 The Joint Commission. 2009 National Patient Safety Goals. Available online here.

10 The Joint Commission. Sentinel event alert: Safe use of opioids in hospitals; 2012. Available online here.
11 Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. APSF Newsletter. "No Patient Shall be Harmed by Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression." 2011; 26(2):21-40. Available online here.

12 American Society of Anesthesiologists. Practice Guidelines for the Prevention, Detection and Management of Respiratory Depression Associated with Neuraxial Opioid Administration Available online here.
13 Maddox RR, Williams CK, Oglesby H, Butler B, Colclasure B. "Clinical experience with patient-controlled analgesia using continuous respiratory monitoring and a smart infusion system." Am J Health Syst Pharm 2006;63:157–64.

14 Friesen RH, Alswang M. "End-tidal PCO2 monitoring via nasal cannulae in pediatric patients: accuracy and sources of error." J Clin Monit 1996;12:155–9.

15 Gaucher A, Frasca D, Mimoz O, Deboene B. "Accuracy of respiratory rate monitoring by capnometry using the Capnomask in intubated patients receiving supplemental oxygen after surgery." Br. J. Anaesth 2012;108:316–20.

About Masimo

Masimo (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 help clinicians 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 ® Pulse CO-Oximetry™ technology, allowing noninvasive and continuous monitoring of blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures; total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), PVI®, and perfusion index (PI), in addition to measure-through motion SpO2, and pulse rate. In 2008, Masimo introduced Patient SafetyNet™, a remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification system designed to help hospitals avoid preventable deaths and injuries associated with failure to rescue events. In 2009, Masimo introduced rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring™, the first-ever commercially available noninvasive and continuous monitoring of acoustic respiration rate (RRa™). Masimo SET® and Masimo rainbow® technologies also can be found in over 100 multiparameter patient monitors from over 50 medical device manufacturers around the world. Founded in 1989, Masimo has the mission of "Improving Patient Outcome and Reducing Cost of Care … by Taking Noninvasive Monitoring to New Sites and Applications®." Additional information about Masimo and its products may be found at

Forward Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, in connection with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations about future events affecting us and are subject to risks and uncertainties, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control and could cause our actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed in our forward-looking statements as a result of various risk factors, including, but not limited to: risks related to our assumptions regarding the repeatability of clinical results and performance of Masimo rainbow Acoustic Monitoring; our belief that the breakthrough acoustic respiration rate (RRa) capabilities of Masimo's proprietary rainbow acoustic monitoring technology will provide more accurate, precise, and reliable results over capnography in all patients and monitoring conditions – enabling clinicians to detect and treat respiratory compromise and patient distress earlier; and other factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our most recent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), which may be obtained for free at the SEC's website at Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we do not know whether our expectations will prove correct. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of today's date. We do not undertake any obligation to update, amend or clarify these forward-looking statements or the "Risk Factors" contained in our most recent reports filed with the SEC, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under the applicable securities laws.

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