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Nonin makes case for best-in-class oximeter

BY Michael Johnsen
MINNEAPOLIS – Nonin Medical on Tuesday announced the results of a new independent hypoxia lab study in humans that demonstrates that Nonin's PureSAT pulse oximetry technology captures and reports worsening patient conditions better than other Food and Drug Administration-cleared oximeter brands. 
 
Nonin made the results available in a white paper at the American Thoracic Society and American Telemedicine Association conferences this week. 
 
In the study, conducted independently by Clinimark Laboratories, three finger pulse oximeters were tested; one from Nonin Medical and two from large, private-labeled manufacturers. All oximeters had FDA 510(k) clearance as "medical devices," but two of them did not provide the clinical accuracy required to track desaturations in patients with low blood circulation and labored breathing. 
 
Only the Nonin Medical oximeter was able to accurately track the desaturation events as compared to an independent hospital tabletop oximeter control device.
 
"Over the years, a number of inexpensive, imported FDA-cleared oximeters have flooded the market, all claiming to be accurate," stated Jim Russell, VP quality, regulatory and clinical affairs for Nonin Medical. "This study dispels the myth that all pulse oximeters perform alike, especially on challenging patients such as those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease," he said. "Clinicians, hospitals and telemedicine providers can better manage COPD patients and potentially reduce readmission rates by choosing pulse oximeters that provide early and accurate data on all patients, including the sickest patients."
 
 
 
 
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Performance Health expands distribution of TheraBand physical therapy brand in retail pharmacy

BY Michael Johnsen
AKRON, Ohio – TheraBand, part of the Performance Health family of brands, on Wednesday announced its launch into 983 Rite Aid locations nationwide. Rite Aid will sell a diverse collection of TheraBand products in their newly created rehab and recovery section, including TheraBand CLX, Kinesiology Tape, Hand Exerciser, FlexBar, Resistance Tubing + Handles (with Door Anchor), Latex-Free Resistance Band Kit, Foot Roller and Roller Massager.
 
“Since we invented the elastic resistance band 40 years ago, these and our portfolio of rehab and recovery products have been the go-to for physical therapy and rehabilitation professionals," stated Michael Bull, brand manager, Performance Health. "For those who don’t seek out the pros, our presence in Rite Aid makes it possible for us to live our mission and offer a better quality of life to everyone. We recommend those who use our products also use the services of healthcare professionals.”
 
TheraBand's latest advancements include TheraBand CLX, a patented, next-generation resistance band featuring consecutive loops that provide a range of benefits, such as faster exercise transitions, additional high-impact full body exercises and easy grip options. The company has also introduced TheraBand Kinesiology Tape with the unique XactStretch Technology, proven to provide muscle support, relieve pain and prevent misapplication with its user-friendly, built in visual application guides. 
 
TheraBand elastic resistance products are also recognized as versatile, easy-to-use alternatives to traditional weights. In a 2015 study conducted by the brand, it was determined that the TheraBand CLX could increase maximal voluntary strength and fat free mass using only the elastic bands during a short-term resistance program. Another study done in the same year found that elastic resistance, such as CLX, is an equivalent alternative to weight training, shown to be just as effective but coming at a lower cost.
 
 
 
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