The new NellcorOxiMax™ N-600x™ Pulse Oximeter with OxiMax SPD™, manufactured by Covidien, enables the pulse oximeter to detect and alert clinicians of oxygen desaturation patterns, allowing them to make timely and better informed decisions about patient care.

By using a complex algorithm to detect patterns of desaturation that are indicative of repetitive reductions in airflow, the device provides early warnings of physiological conditions that may lead to respiratory issues.

This is particularly important for higher risk patients, including the elderly, those recovering from surgery, and patients with sleep apnea, among others.