Continuous Pulse Oximeters
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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