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Chest. 1990 Nov;98(5):1244-50.

Pulse oximetry. Uses and abuses.

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Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Abstract

Pulse oximetry has made a significant contribution to noninvasive monitoring in a wide variety of clinical situations. It allows for continuous reliable measurements of oxygen saturation while avoiding the discomfort and risks of arterial puncture. As the extent of hypoxic episodes during various procedures and clinical settings is better appreciated, the role of continuous noninvasive monitoring will undoubtedly expand. An understanding of the principles and technology of pulse oximetry will allow physicians to obtain maximal clinical benefit from its use.

PMID:
2225973
DOI:
10.1378/chest.98.5.1244
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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