Pulse Oximetry

Pulse Oximetry


  • Identify the child and explain the purpose of the equipment to the child and family on the family caregivers’ role in assisting maintenance of proper placement of the sensor.

  • Assess pertinent history, focusing on events that may have precipitated respiratory distress. Also assess for recent intravascular use of lipids or dyes, which could interfere with the accuracy of pulse oximetry readings.

  • Assess physical findings, including respiratory rate and effort, use of accessory muscles, shape of chest, position of child (i.e., sitting, standing), breath sounds, perfusion, vital signs, and presence and degree of restlessness and anxiety. Also check for an elevated bilirubin level, if available, which may falsely lower oxygen saturation readings.

  • Ensure that the child’s fingernail beds are clean and free of nail polish to decrease interference in providing accurate oximetry readings (Chart 94-1).

Jul 9, 2020 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Pulse Oximetry

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