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Pulse Oximetry

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about pulse oximetry. Please feel free to ask your child’s doctor or nurse to explain any information you do not understand.

WHAT IS PULSE OXIMETRY?
Pulse oximetry is a way of measuring how much oxygen is in your child’s blood. We call this oxygen saturation or “02 sat.” (0-two sat.).

HOW IS THE 02 SAT MEASURED?
A probe (plastic covered wire) is placed on your child’s finger, toe, foot, hand or ear lobe. The probe is held on by a piece of tape. It shines a light through the skin to check the oxygen level of the blood. It does not hurt. The doctor will decide if your child’s 02 sat needs to be checked all of the time or just at certain times.

WHY IS THE 02 SAT MEASURED?
1. Measuring the 02 sat gives the doctor information about how sick your child is.
2. The doctor will decide if your child needs to be given oxygen.
3. As a result of a low 02 sat the doctor may order other tests to determine further treatment.
4. Pulse oximetry is used to measure the 02 sat as the patient improves and we are able to decrease and eventually take oxygen off.

PDF: Child Health Information - PULSE OXIMETRY

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Corregido: 2000, 2003

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Revised: 2000, 2003

 

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