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Pulse oximetry in severe anaemia.

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  • T Ramsing
  • J Rosenberg
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Measurement of arterial oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry was performed in two patients with acute and chronic anaemia (haemoglobin concentrations: 2.9 mmol/l (4.7 g/dl) and 1.9 mmol/l (3.0 g/dl), respectively) using a Radiometer OXI and a Nellcor N-200 pulse oximeter. The two oximeters read alternating different values in the two patients. In conclusion, pulse oximeters are able to give a value for oxygen saturation even at extreme anaemia, and when a high value is given, it possibly reflects arterial oxygen saturation. The value of pulse oximetry in severe anaemia is discussed.
Translated title of the contributionPulse oximetry in severe anaemia.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIntensive Care Medicine
Volume18
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)125-126
Number of pages2
ISSN0342-4642
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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