einstein (São Paulo). 01/Oct/2010;8(4 Pt 1):449-55.

Adjustment of oxygen use by means of pulse oximetry: an important tool for patient safety

Telma de Almeida Busch Mendes, Paola Bruno de Araújo Andreoli, Leny Vieira Cavalheiro, Claudia Talerman, Claudia Laselva

DOI: 10.1590/S1679-45082010AO1377

ABSTRACT

Objective:

To assess patient’s level of oxygenation by means of pulse oximetry, avoiding hypoxia (that causes rapid and severe damage), hyperoxia, and waste.

Methods:

Calculations were made with a 7% margin of error and a 95% confidence interval. Physical therapists were instructed to check pulse oximetry of all patients with prescriptions for physical therapy, observing the scheduled number of procedures.

Results:

A total of 129 patients were evaluated. Hyperoxia predominated in the sectors in which the patient was constantly monitored and hypoxia in the sectors in which monitoring was not continuous.

Conclusions:

Professionals involved in patient care must be made aware of the importance of adjusting oxygen use and the risk that non-adjustment represents in terms of quality of care and patient safety.

Adjustment of oxygen use by means of pulse oximetry: an important tool for patient safety

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