A Saturation Monitor (Pulse Oximeter) is a device that measures the oxygen saturation level in a patient’s blood. The oxygen saturation level represents the amount of oxygen carried in the blood.
How Does It Work?
The Saturation Monitor is attached to the patient by means of a long lead and a probe. This probe will attach lightly to a patient's finger (as illustrated) or their ear, nose or mouth. The probe gives off light that is able to tell the oxygen saturation level in the blood.
Are There Any Complications?
All Intensive Care interventions and procedures carry a degree of potential risk even when performed by skilled and experienced staff. Please discuss these issues with the medical and nursing staff who are caring for the patient.
Any Further Concerns?
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with the ICU nurses and doctors.
Last Updated on Monday, 07 December 2009 23:07