News | Mar 18, 2019

VA reveals new pulse oximeter medical device

Businesses encouraged to pursue licensing agreement for manufacturing and sales

A respiratory therapist at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Pittsburgh Healthcare System has invented an improved device for measuring the oxygenation of a patient’s blood.

VA Pittsburgh’s Cathee Abee, the inventor of the novel pulse oximeter, was interviewed by CBS Pittsburgh’s Jon Delano for the March 17, 2019, Sunday Business Page.

The new device features a finger probe with an embedded heating element that ensures accurate oxygen saturation measurements on patient’s with extensive peripheral vascular disease or in cardiovascular shock.

The VA has received a U.S. patent on the device and is seeking businesses that would manufacture and sell the device commercially.

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