Advantages and Limitations of Pulse Oximetry

  • H. W. Striebel
  • F. J. Kretz


Acute hypoxemia is the most serious threat to human life. The pulmonary and cardiovascular system are at the center of oxygen uptake and transport. Every major disease of these organ systems may result in hypoxemia and hypoxia. Many diagnostic and therapeutic measures may also affect the continuous and adequate oxygen supply to the organs. Artificial respiration during anesthesia and in intensive care medicine represents a special danger. Monitoring of oxygenation is therefore at the center of the physician’s thoughts and actions.


Methylene Blue Pulse Oximetry Pulse Oximeter Arterial Oxygen Saturation Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease 
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