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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000352474.55746.81
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Pulse Oximetry in Adults

Valdez-Lowe, Claudia MS; Ghareeb, Sameh A. RN; Artinian, Nancy T. PhD, RN-BC

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Abstract

Pulse oximetry, a straightforward method for estimating arterial oxygen saturation, can detect hypoxemia early; it's used often and in a variety of settings. But what's not always clear is how frequently—or even whether—patients should be monitored, and unless guidelines are understood and followed, pulse oximetry can be misused or overused. This article reviews the technology and its limitations and discusses current guidelines and their implications for nurses.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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