An upgrade to the Nellcor™ N600x bedside pulse oximetry monitor that identifies and alerts staff to physiologic conditions that suggest relevant respiratory events and patterns in desaturation without adding to the current set of monitors and sensors. The Covidien Alarm Management System (AMS) promotes patient safety by alerting clinicians to desaturation patterns indicative of repetitive reductions in airflow and helping ensure that alarms are treated promptly by reducing alarm fatigue.

Case studies and news articles abound on the subject, while workshops and forums focus on recognizing respiratory depression in time to mitigate patient risks. A recent study shows that respiratory depression is the number one reason for respiratory codes in hospitals today([FOOTNOTE=Fecho A, Joyner L, Pfeiffer D. Opioids and Code Blue Emergencies. Anesthesiology. 2008;109:A34.],[ANCHOR=View Abstract],[LINK=/content/covidien/websites/medtronic/com/en/covidien/support/clinical-evidence.html?id=805198]) while impairment of ventilation in postoperative patients was the cornerstone of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation safety initiative in 2006([FOOTNOTE=Source: "Safety During Patient-Controlled Analgesia," Robert K. Stoelting, President, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), APSF Board of Directors Workshop, Chicago, October 2006.],[ANCHOR=View Abstract],[LINK=/content/covidien/websites/medtronic/com/en/covidien/support/clinical-evidence.html?id=805199]).

Nellcor™ Saturation Accuracy Grid (SAG)

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  • Detects patterns of desaturation in adults, indicative of repetitive reductions in airflow, even if the patient has not crossed the SpO2 threshold
  • SatSeconds alarm management is a clinician-controlled feature that differentiates between serious hypoxemia and minor transient events
  • General care format view allows evaluation of patient condition at a glance
  • Trend view shows detailed historical information with highlighted alerts