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Getting the balance right. Pulse oximetry and inspired oxygen concentration.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Professional nurse (London, England)
Publication Date
Volume
10
Issue
6
Pages
368–373
Identifiers
PMID: 7708796
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

1. The pulse oximeter measures blood oxygen saturation and provides rapid information about the onset of pulmonary complications. 2. Interpretation of the oximeter signal is complicated when inspired oxygen is increased and both inspired and oximeter oxygen values must be recorded. 3. If oxygen saturation is low, there is a serious pulmonary complication, especially if the patient is breathing oxygen.

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