Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today that it has added a new parameter, respiration rate from the pleth (RRpTM), to its MightySat fingertip pulse oximeter. MightySat is intended for general wellness and health applications including sports, fitness, and relaxation management.
Respiration rate, or the number of breaths per minute, is infrequently measured outside of healthcare settings because it typically requires manual counting of breaths with a timer and then multiplying to convert to a per minute rate or chest leads or straps that are not convenient to use. Fingertip pulse oximeters are being increasingly used for general wellness and health applications. Now consumers will be able to quickly and easily measure respiration rate, in addition to arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2), pulse rate (PR), perfusion index (PI), and Plethysmograph Variability Index (PVI®).
Masimo pulse oximeters are #1 in U.S. hospitals Reference 1 because they provide accurate measurements when other pulse oximeters fail, by using a revolutionary invention called Signal Extraction Technology open paren (SET®)close paren. MightySat features hospital-grade SET pulse oximetry and also provides parameters not available on other fingertip pulse oximeters, such as RRp and PVI. In addition, MightySat offers a Bluetooth wireless interface to the Masimo Personal Health and Apple Health App to track, trend, and communicate measurements. MightySat is increasingly being used by elite athletes and teams to assess and improve performance.
“The addition of respiration rate to the MightySat is a game changer because we can now quantify breathing – a fundamental indicator of health, wellness, and sports performance,” stated Olympic Silver Medalist Dotsie Bausch.
“Sometimes matches are won by a few points, and I need every breath to count,” said Coco Vandeweghe, Professional Tennis Player on the WTA Tour. “MightySat makes breath tracking easier.”
“We believe the MightySat will help transform the wearables market by providing fitness enthusiasts with the same valuable personal data that to date has only been available to elite athletes,” said Joe Kiani, Chairman and CEO of Masimo.
“Helping athletes to improve their overall performance ecosystem is what I do,” stated Tim DiFrancesco, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Los Angeles Lakers. “That requires gaining insight into the well-being of the person as well as the physiology within the person. Many objective monitoring tools fail to provide accurate and valuable information in a swift and noninvasive manner, but MightySat succeeds. After incorporating MightySat into my athlete monitoring toolbox, I see an impressive list of potential value through quantifying and measuring markers that give a more granular look at athlete readiness, fatigue/overtraining, fuel source utilization, and cardiovascular conditioning.”
This year at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, attendees can visit Masimo at CES booth 73710 and observe MightySat measurements before and after a live audience cycling competition. Cycling participants will be aided by two experts, Stig Severinsen and Dotsie Bausch. Stig is a four-time World Champion freediver and holds multiple Guinness World Records, including history’s longest breath-hold, of 22 minutes. Dotsie is a seven-time USA Cycling National Champion, two-time Pan-American Champion, and silver medalist in team pursuit cycling at the 2012 London Olympics. Both Stig and Dotsie will also be available in the booth to answer questions about how they have incorporated MightySat into their health and fitness routines.
MightySat is available for purchase on Amazon U.S. and Amazon U.K. MightySat with Respiration Rate will be available for purchase by the end of February 2016.
Masimo is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: MASI) based in Irvine, California. Masimo is the leading brand of hospital pulse oximeters Reference 1 because they provide accurate measurements when other pulse oximeters fail by using a revolutionary, patented invention called Signal Extraction Technology® (SET®). Masimo SET® uses five parallel signal processing engines that measure through challenging conditions, including movement and low blood flow. With MightySat, the same high-performing Masimo SET® technology is now available for general wellness and health applications.
Reference 1 iData Research. U.S. Market for Patient Monitoring Equipment. 2014.
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