RSVP Home care offers ventilators for patients with Chronic Lung Disease (CLD). CLD is a general term used to describe long-term respiratory problems in premature infants. It can also refer to Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD). Newborns who use mechanical ventilators and extra oxygen can be at risk to develop CLD. RSVP Home Care offers respiratory therapy and medical equipment for patients with CLD. We can provide you with everything you need to take care of your infant with CLD.
Your physician or respiratory therapist should explain how to use a pulse oximeter to you. RSVP Home Care offers this article on How To Use A Pulse Oximeter as a reference. For more detailed instructions, you should refer to your owner’s manual.
A pulse oximeter is a small, lightweight device that can be used to monitor your levels of oxygen saturation in your child’s arterial blood using spectral analysis. Most pulse oximeters fit around your finger. They come in small sizes for children. Some pediatric pulse oximeters may also have a special probe. This probe wraps around the toe, sole or palm to hold the oximeter sensor in place. The pulse oximeter will not only show you the oxygen level carried in your body but also monitors your pulse.
There are some instances where the pulse oximeter will not produce normal results. The Sp02 number tells the percentage of hemoglobin that is carrying oxygen. There are many reasons why this number might fluctuate. In most people the reading should be between 95-100. Numbers in the lower 90s could indicate a problem and should be evaluated. Numbers below 90 require immediate action. You or your child’s normal readings may differ and should be discussed with your physician.
The number next to the heart is your pulse. It measures how many beats per minute(BPM). The following chart shows the normal range based on age. Again there are many factors, which may indicate your normal will be different.
Your physician will help you determine the best way to use your oximeter, what readings are considered normal and what readings indicate a warning or need immediate attention. This guide is not intended to replace the advice or instructions of your physician. If you have questions about using your pulse oximeter, please call RSVP Home Care and we will be happy to help you.
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