Abington Memorial Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa, a 570-bed regional teaching hospital with more than 34,000 inpatient admissions and more than 5,000 births annually, has completed a system-wide conversion to Masimo SET pulse oximetry, produced by Masimo, Irvine, Calif.

The facility is a major regional referral center for cancer care, cardiac care, and surgery, and maintains the only Level II trauma center in Montgomery County.

Abington joins other top hospitals nationwide—including four of the top five listed on the US News & World Report Honor Roll—which have adopted Masimo SET as their primary pulse oximetry platform.

Dr Stephen Snyder said hospital officials have noticed a significant decrease in false alarms since the conversion. Other monitors often triggered false alarms in the presence of motion or low perfusion, he said, which often prolonged patients’ hospital stays.

The conversion allows hospital clinicians to use the company’s Rainbow SET technology, an upgradable noninvasive blood constituent monitoring platform capable of measuring additional blood constituents that previously required invasive procedures.