Pulse Oximetry In Nursing

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Pulse Oximetry has a primary use that is mainly used in many different types of hospital environments and is used as a non-invasive method of attaining blood oxygen saturation also known as (SpO2) in patients. To find the amount of oxygen saturation the devise compares and contrast the different wavelengths of light that is emitted from the pulse oximeter and then compares the light that was absorbed and then transcribing it into parameters giving us the percentage of oxygen saturation for a given patient. This came to be a basic practice in the medical field as one did not have to analyze blood samples, and it is cost effective and is able to use in a rapid response emergency. It has also been found beneficial to those especially who are receiving…show more content…
In a clinical practices it’s customary for doctors and nurses to be able to use and interpret the pulse oximeters results that are taken from a patient. Being unable to recognize or interpret the data can lead to potential misunderstanding of the relevant data and lead to a misdiagnosis and can potentially compromise the patient entirely. In the study 198 nurses became participants including 90 coming from the intensive care unit, 22 came from the department of anesthesiology and the final remaining nurses which made up 86 came from the emergency department all requiring a minimum of a year of working in a clinical or health care setting. Those who did not meet the requirements were not allowed to participate in the experiment. The form of the study was conducted by a questionnaire that was turned in at the end of their shift. First part was collecting the data on the profile of the participant of the study including age, the number of years worked, their level of education and so forth. The second part contained a true or false format aimed at 22 question that were specific to pulse…show more content…
Scores for pulse oximetry functioning came to average of 5 and conditions effecting its accuracy had a median of 6. The knowledge based interpretation was varied by department as shown that the participants that came from the emergency room and intensive care units scored higher that of the anesthesiology department. For example in table 3 shows the first 11 questions of the questionnaire that the nurses would fill out at the end of their shift. This table shows the number and percentage that received the correct responses and not showing those that were incorrect. By look at this table at first glance we can conclude from the first 11 questions that the intensive care unit and the anesthesiology department scored the highest having each having the highest percentage on 4 questions each then the other departments while the emergency room had 3 question that had a higher percentage than the other departments. There were also questions where the majority of either one or more departments scored lower than 50 percent demonstrating their lack of knowledge based on the question that was given as in question 3,4,5,7,8,9. This data for the first half of the question does show strong knowledge based results of understanding the principles or concepts of the question however it also shows a misunderstanding of

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