Continuous Pulse Oximeters

GENERAL GUIDELINES
  • A pulse oximeter measures the percent of hemoglobin saturated with oxygen in your blood as well as pulse rate.
  • Pulse oximeters can vary +/- 3% and are less accurate at lower saturations.
  • Keep the oximeter plugged into an outlet whenever possible to charge the battery and extend the battery life.
  • A fully charge battery lasts from 4 to 6 hours.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
  • Plug your pulse oximeter into a properly grounded & polarized wall outlet.
    • Do not use an extension cord.
    • Do not plug into an outlet controlled by a switch/dimmer.
  • Attach the patient cable to the monitor.
  • Attach the sensor to the patient cable and place on the patient.
  • Press the power button to turn on monitor.
  • Monitor will alarm and perform a self-test.
  • Verify alarm limits or adjust alarms limits if needed.
  • Adjust pulse and alarm volume.
  • Place monitor in lock mode.
  • Sensor site must be changed at least every 4 hours for reusable sensors and at least every 8 hours for adhesive sensors.
  • To turn monitor off hold power button down for 2 seconds.

SAFETY
  • Tissue damage can be caused by incorrect application or use of a sensor, for example by wrapping the sensor too tightly or not changing the sensor site. Always inspect the sensor site for skin integrity.
  • Reposition sensor at least every 4 hours for reusable sensor and at least every 8 hours for adhesive sensor.
  • If any measurement seems questionable, first check the patient’s vital signs by alternate means and then check the pulse oximeter for proper functioning.

TROUBLESHOOTING
  • Check for good signal strength. If poor strength readjust or change sensor site.
  • Make sure the emitter and detector are aligned directly opposite each other.
  • Select a sensor site where the distance between the emitter and detector are minimized.
  • Wipe the sensor site with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
  • Remove other electronic equipment.
  • If artificial nails or excessive fingernail polish are present, select another site or remove the polish/artificial nails.
  • Place the sensor in a location with low ambient light to avoid light interference.
  • Replace sensor.

MAINTENANCE
  • The outer surface of the oximeter can be cleaned with a soft cloth dampened.
  • The sensor can be cleaned with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
  • Call our office if the monitor is malfunctioning.


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL OFFICE OR DELIVERY TECHNICIAN