Silent hypoxia: lessons observed

Silent hypoxia: lessons observed

NO-FEAR is proud to share 19 key lessons observed from our Oct 29 webinar “Pulse oximetry during COVID-19”.

A PDF is available here.

The document is drawn from the international webinar‘s speakers’ experiences with pulse oximetry during COVID-19. Until recently, pulse oximetry was largely considered an Advanced Life Support (ALS) procedure. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it has become a tool of Basic Life Support (BLS) to identify ill but mostly asymptomatic patients who have low oxygen levels but do not appear short of breath. This has also been called ‘silent’ or ‘happy’ hypoxia.

Observations include that Pulse Oximetry is a simple and very useful technology, though EMS personnel must be well-trained in its use. Possible challenges involve reading observations, the device itself, external temperature, and fingernail colour.

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