Masimo said its Rad-57 Pulse CO-Oximeters, which noninvasively measure the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) in the bloodstream, were distributed to every fire response district in Delaware.
“We’re potentially the first state in the nation to become fully compliant with new [National Fire Protection Association] 1584 national standards for firefighter rehabilitation and medical monitoring,” said Dave Aber, EMS supervisor at Delaware’s Odessa Fire Company.
Funding to purchase the Rad-57s came from $420,000 awarded to the Odessa Fire Company by the federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.
Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the U.S., killing nearly 500 people each year and sending another 20,000 to hospital emergency rooms for treatment, according to Masimo.
“Rad-57 is the fastest, easiest, most accurate way for us to determine at the scene of an emergency call if a person is CO poisoned,” Aber said. “By simply placing a noninvasive finger sensor on the patient and pressing a button, we can measure CO and oxygen saturation levels in the blood within seconds.”