History, Status and Future of Pulse Oximetry

  • John W. Severinghaus
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (ABBI, volume 7)


Within the past 4 years, pulse oximetry has become widely used in anesthesia and many associated critical care situations. At least 15 manufacturers are now marketing these instruments. They have had a major negative effect on the sales of transcutaneous oxygen electrodes. It is thus appropriate to discuss oximetry in this 3rd International Symposium on Transcutaneous Blood Gas Monitoring. Poul Astrup and I have recently published a book and papers on this history [1–2] and Petersen briefly reviewed pulse oximetry history [3].


Pulse Oximeter Arterial Oxygen Saturation Transcutaneous Oxygen Major Negative Effect Retinal Vascular Development 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Severinghaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiaUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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