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Evaluation of pulse oximetry during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Authors
  • Spittal, M J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Anaesthesia
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1993
Volume
48
Issue
8
Pages
701–703
Identifiers
PMID: 8214462
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study evaluates whether the pulse oximeter is useful during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The instrument was of undoubted benefit in the management of primary respiratory arrest, but of equivocable value in cardiac arrest. Data were displayed during external chest compressions, but were generally unreliable. The ear probe was not able to produce a consistently good signal during cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Nevertheless, the provision of an oximeter amongst the first-line resuscitation equipment available at a cardiopulmonary arrest significantly altered the management of seven out of 20 patients, five of whom survived.

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