Nonin Medical develops cerebral oximeter
1 August 2008
Nonin Medical has entered the clinical testing phase with its
breakthrough technology to measure regional oxygen saturation. Today's
most common application for this technology is the continuous monitoring
of the regional blood oxygenation in the brain — cerebral oximetry.
The company says that early testing data and outcomes from an ongoing
clinical study at the Duke University Medical Center have yielded
favourable results. The results support the objective to simplify sensor
application while improving the usefulness of the measurement.
For over two decades, Nonin Medical has developed products for
noninvasive physiological monitoring, with specific focus on highly
effective signal processing and the advancement of innovative pulse
oximeter products. With the introduction of the Onyx, the world's first
fingertip pulse oximeter, Nonin Medical changed the global market for
oximetry. Today, Nonin Medical has the largest installed base of pulse
oximeters in the industry with well over one million units worldwide.
"This invaluable clinical and technical experience combined with a
vision for the future has enabled us to develop a product that promises
to advance the field of patient monitoring, once again," said Gary
Tschautscher, CEO and President of Nonin Medical.
"We understand the immense pressure on the healthcare market to
reduce the cost of patient care while providing new, more effective, yet
simple solutions. Our newly developed sensor and patented signal
processing technology is designed to deliver on these objectives."
The advanced modular design of this new technology permits future
expansion of functionality, while also permitting product and data
integration into other monitoring systems. This aligns with Nonin
Medical's vision for interoperability and facilitating information flow
without the need of proprietary interfaces.
"We must leave the old business models of protectionism behind," said
Tschautscher. "This is one reason why Nonin Medical is actively
supporting and driving open communication standards."
Earlier this year Nonin introduced a fingertip oximeter with
Bluetooth wireless technology. The Onyx II, Model 9560 fingertip pulse
oximeter is designed for interoperability, meeting the requirements of
the emerging Medical Device Profile (MDP), IEEE11073 and Continua
compliance standards. The technology enables vital signs to be easily
monitored by the patient and sent wirelessly through communication
devices such as cell phones, PDAs, PCs, etc. See MTB Europe story:
Nonin introduces Bluetooth
wireless fingertip pulse oximeter