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Safety in epilepsy-checking oxygen levels during sleep - Masimo Rad-57

A concern for many parents and patients is that a prolonged epileptic seizure may result in low oxygen levels which could be dangerous and which might go unnoticed at night or when alone. Pulse oximeters are non-invasive medical devices that typically attach to a fingertip or a toe to measure heart rate and blood oxygenation percentage —both vital statistics that can be affected while a person is seizing. These devices are not specifically designed or manufactured to detect epileptic seizures, but pulse oximeters do have monitoring and alarm-sounding functions that can be useful to some who has epilepsy and experience seizures. Whether this might be a useful device to own should be discussed with your doctor/s and depends on the individual case.

1) What is the Masimo Rad-57? It is a light handheld oximeter (device that measures oxygen levels in blood). It is quick and easy to use and requires no user calibration or patient cooperation/consciousness.  During some seizures, oxygen levels may drop to dangerous levels.  This device is used by some to monitor oxygen levels and will sound an alarm if these levels have gone below the acceptable level.

2) What does the standard version include? It includes oxygen Saturation (SpO2), Pulse Rate, and Perfusion measurements.

3) How can it be upgraded? It can be upgraded to include Hemoglobin (SpHb) and Oxygen Content (SpOC), Carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO), Methemoglobin (SpMet) and Pleth Variability Index (PVI).

4) What are the benefits of each of the measurements?
• Masimo set pulse oximetry virtually eliminates false alarms without missing true clinical events. 
• Upgradeable rainbow set Pulse CO-Oximetry is noninvasive and allows for immediate measurements that may allow clinicians to provide faster diagnosis, initiate treatment earlier, and improve efficiency.
• Total Hemoglobin (spHb) detects chronic or acute anemia, identifies hemorrhaging earlier and aids in optimal transfusion management.
• Oxygen Content (spOC) - By calculating hemoglobin and oxygen saturation, SpOC provides a more detailed overview of a patients’ oxygenation status.
• PVi predicts fluid responsiveness and aids fluid management.

5) What features does the Masimo Rad-57 have? The user can program default power-up settings and it delivers more than 10 hours of continuous battery life (requires 4 AA Alkaline batteries) and up to 72 hours of trending memory. FastSat® tracks rapid changes in arterial O2 and SmarTone™ beeps in sync with pulse, even under patient motion conditions. Sensitivity options of APOD®, Normal, and MAX™ provide flexibility to support a range of clinical applications. The device also comes in a variety of colors.

6) How does the Masimo Rad-57 stand out? More than 100 independent and objective studies demonstrate Masimo SET provides the most reliable SpO2 and pulse rate measurements even under the most challenging clinical conditions, including patient motion and low peripheral perfusion. Masimo rainbow SET technology analyzes multiple wavelengths of light to accurately measure total hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOC™), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI) noninvasively and continuously.

7) Where has the Masimo Rad-57 been recognized? It was awarded Airworthiness Release Certification by the United States Army.  It is also mentioned in the foundation website. 

8) How can the Masimo Rad-57 be purchased? To purchase you can contact Masimo by calling 1-877-4-Masimo in America or +41-32-720-1111 internationally.

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