Masimo, America-based manufacturer of noninvasive patient monitoring technologies, recently declared the infant screening results regarding the use of Masimo SET® pulse oximetry for CCHD (critical congenital heart disease).
Reportedly, the trials were conducted on around 8,013 asymptomatic infants from Mother & Child Hospital, Marrakesh. Out of these, 7,998 infants were deemed as negative while 15 newborns were screened as positive, of which five were then diagnosed with CCHD and the other five with non-critical CHD. The remaining five were considered as false positive, sources explained.
These patients were vetted for CCHD on the basis of AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) guidelines, which comprised of a measurement regarding pre as well as post-ductal oxygen saturation. As per credible sources, the trails deployed Radical-7® Pulse CO-Oximeters® and Masimo Rad-97® along with Masimo SET® pulse oximetry sensors.
According to the researchers, the screening test was not only well-accepted by caregivers and parents, but was also discriminating, reproducible, reliable, simple, and easy. They added that Pulse oximetry comprises of a better sensitivity and specificity which further allowed them to meet the criteria for screening in a cost-effective way.
Researchers claimed that screening for critical congenital heart disease is a reliable and cost-effective way of early detection of the disease as well as non-cardiac conditions. It will apparently have a positive repercussion on the infant morbidity as well as mortality in Morocco.
Notably, six large additional studies were published regarding CCHD screening using Masimo SET® pulse oximetry besides other smaller studies. These large studies cumulatively included 284,800 infants and showed better screening sensitivity and provide favorable clinical assessment as compared to traditional screening procedures, such as routine physical exam.
Sources with relevant information stated that the research was conducted by Moroccan researchers and will be printed in the International Journal of Neonatal Screening.
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