UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED
Indications
  • To monitor peripheral arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2).
Contraindications
Contraindications
Patient Factors & Considerations

Compare the heart rate reading on the unit to a palpable Pulse AND the reading on the cardiac monitor (if attached) to ensure accuracy.

It may be necessary to swap fingers on occasion to ensure accuracy.

False readings may occur with:

  • Excess ambient light
  • Abnormal haemoglobins, (e.g. carbon monoxide poisoning, anaemia)
  • Hypotension (poor peripheral perfusion)
  • Hypothermia (poor peripheral perfusion)
  • Nail polish, nicotine staining and dirt.
  • Using the same arm simultaneously with blood pressure monitoring

 

Procedure
  • All relevant infection control methods to be utilised.
  • Explain the procedure to the patient.

Portable pulse oximeter

  • Apply the probe to the most appropriate finger.
  • Pulse oximeter should turn on automatically (the pulse oximeter may also have a power button on the front of the unit)
  • Wait for the device to sense perfusion and stabilise the readings
Oximeter1Oximeter2
pulseox-sticky Paed-PulseOx
Success
Success
Discontinue
Discontinue
Additional Information
Additional information

References
References

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