Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) and Measure-Through Motion and Low-Perfusion pulse oximetry, today announced that its Radical-7 and Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeters have achieved Airworthiness Release (AWR) Certification from the United States Army. AWR certification is a fundamental milestone that allows the U.S. military to use Masimo's multi-function, advanced noninvasive patient monitoring devices during flight operations aboard rotary aircraft.
The U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL) completed extensive aeromedical testing and evaluation on the Radical-7 and Rad-57--including electromagnetic interference and compatibility, environmental, vibration/motion, and human factors testing--to certify that both devices meet stringent requirements to operate onboard U.S. military aircraft in flight. Meeting the Army's airworthiness testing requirements and standards affirms the durability, reliability and superior performance of both the Radical-7 and Rad-57, which are designed to excel in a wide range of demanding environments, including those faced by emergency medical services, fire, law enforcement, military field medical operations and medevac units.
Joe E. Kiani, Founder and CEO of Masimo, stated, "We are proud of our long-standing presence in military hospitals. Now, with the Radical-7 and Rad-57 both receiving airworthiness certification, U.S. troops can benefit from definitive, lifesaving physiological monitoring from the moment they need it on the ground and during transport to a medical center. Masimo is committed to supporting the military through the entire care continuum, from the battlefield to the bedside."
The Masimo Radical-7 Pulse CO-Oximeter features first-ever noninvasive and continuous hemoglobin (SpHb((TM))) monitoring technology, which may allow combat medics to quickly and easily detect and assess the severity of internal bleeding and provide the most appropriate frontline trauma care on the battlefield. During surgery, the Radical-7 may help guide more effective transfusions and enable better blood management strategies. Radical-7 also noninvasively and continuously measures oxygen content (SpOC(TM)), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO((R))), methemoglobin (SpMet((R))), PVI(TM) for fluid responsiveness, oxyhemoglobin (SpO2), perfusion index (PI), and pulse rate to quickly detect and treat potentially life-threatening conditions earlier. The Masimo Rad-57 portable, handheld Pulse CO-Oximeter accurately and noninvasively measures carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO) and methemoglobin (SpMet) levels in the blood in seconds, along with SpO2 and pulse rate to facilitate rapid, reliable treatment decisions in military settings where carbon monoxide poisoning or methemoglobinemia may be encountered.