Covidien respiratory and monitoring solutions chief medical officer Scott Kelley said the addition of respiration rate to the company’s Nellcor respiratory function portfolio provides a holistic monitoring solution using a single, integrated sensor.

"Instead of merely knowing a patient’s blood oxygen levels, we can now look at aspects of ventilation, or the passing of air into and out of the body," Kelley added.

"This gives healthcare professionals a more complete picture of a patient’s respiratory status, so they can provide effective treatment and maintain patient safety."