Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Masimo have reported the peer-reviewed publication of an in-depth, 21-month clinical study, on the impact of the Masimo Patient SafetyNet remote monitoring and clinician notification system.

In the study, Dr. Andreas Taenzer and a team of clinicians at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center used the Patient SafetyNet, which combines the performance of Masimo SET pulse oximetry with remote monitoring and wireless clinician notification via pager in a 36-bed post-surgical orthopedic unit.

The company said that it compared data collected for 11 months before and 10 months after implementation of Patient SafetyNet in the 36-bed unit as well as two other post-operative units with only standard monitoring equipment and protocols in place. The researchers found that Patient SafetyNet-monitored patients experienced approximately 65% fewer rescue events and 48% fewer ICU transfers, freeing up 135 ICU days per year, while the two comparison units had no change.

Andreas Taenzer, lead researcher and author of the study, assistant professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at the Dartmouth Medical School, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, said: “Masimo Patient SafetyNet represents a new approach to detect unrecognized post-operative deterioration a significant precursor in morbidity and mortality for in-hospital patients. Our study results strongly demonstrate that continuous patient surveillance with Masimo Patient SafetyNet can greatly improve outcomes.”