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Increasing clinical use of pulse oximetry.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2328637     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Changing the system from measuring blood gases through invasive measures to using noninvasive pulse oximetry is a challenge in the Critical Care Unit where invasive techniques are taken for granted. The authors report a project that was successful in increasing the use of noninvasive monitoring techniques by critical care nurses in a Surgical Intensive Care Unit. This clinical project became an important aspect of incorporating the staff in a change to more extensive use of pulse oximetry. This study defines the change in nursing practice with the use of pulse oximetry. The authors discuss three areas: (1) demonstration of the correlation between O2Sat as measured by the pulse oximeter and arterial blood gas saturations; (2) introduction of the pulse oximeter as a reliable alternative to ABGs when monitoring oxygenation; and (3) the establishment of guidelines for using pulse oximetry within the clinical setting.
K Peters; A Caulfield; P Schultz; C Miller; E L Larson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dimensions of critical care nursing : DCCN     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0730-4625     ISO Abbreviation:  Dimens Crit Care Nurs     Publication Date:    1990 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-31     Completed Date:  1990-05-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8211489     Medline TA:  Dimens Crit Care Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  107-11     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Gas Analysis
Critical Care*
Decision Making
Nursing Care / methods*,  trends
Nursing Evaluation Research
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology

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