French university hospital Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Limoges has installed Masimo Radical-7 pulse oximeter to monitor surgical patients and critical patients in the post-anaesthesia care unit and intensive care unit.

Along with Masimo Radical-7, the hospital has also installed noninvasive, continuous hemoglobin (SpHb), Pleth Variability Index (PVI), and SET pulse oximetry technology.

SpHb is a measurement, which noninvasively and constantly calculates total haemoglobin in the blood, and provides real-time visibility into changes or lack of changes in haemoglobin between invasive blood samples.

PVI measures dynamic changes in Perfusion Index (PI) that take place during one or more complete respiratory cycles. It may also show changes that reflect physiologic factors including vascular tone, circulating blood volume as well as intrathoracic pressure excursions.

Masimo stated that PVI, which has no incremental procedural cost, is noninvasive and easily achievable.

CHU Limoges department of anesthesiology head Nathalie Nathan said: "For three years, we tested SpHb and PVI on every surgical patient in our facility and then compared this data to the previous period without this technology.

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"In this retrospective review of before and after periods across the entire hospital, in different clinical settings and with many different practitioners, we found that there was a notable reduction in mortality in surgeries lasting longer than two hours and patients in the 60+ age range."

CHU Limoges, which is a university hospital, includes four locations and one nursing home.

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Image: Masimo Radical-7 includes noninvasive, continuous hemoglobin (SpHb), Pleth Variability Index (PVI), and SET pulse oximetry technology. Photo: courtesy of LeWikiEdit.