Journal of Clinical Monitoring

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 5–9

Does measurement of systolic blood pressure with a pulse oximeter correlate with conventional methods?

  • Pekka Talke
  • Ray J. Nichols
  • Daniel L. Traber
Original Article

Abstract

The pulse oximeter is commonly used in the operating room. We evaluated the use of a pulse oximeter to monitor systolic blood pressure in 20 healthy volunteers and 42 anesthetized patients. We compared the pulse oximeter method of measuring systolic blood pressure with the cuff methods using Korotkoff sounds and Doppler ultrasound as well as with direct pressure measurement through an intraarterial cannula. Systolic blood pressure values obtained by pulse oximeter correlated well with values obtained by other conventional methods. The best correlation was found with Doppler ultrasound (r = 0.996) and the worst with arterial cannulation (r = 0.880). We conclude that this method can be used intraoperatively to measure systolic blood pressure.

Key Words

Measurement techniques: pulse oximetry Monitoring: blood pressure Equipment: blood pressure cuffs, cannulas Doppler pulse oximeters 

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© Little, Brown and Company 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pekka Talke
    • 1
  • Ray J. Nichols
    • 1
  • Daniel L. Traber
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Anesthesiology and Anesthesiology ResearchThe University of Texas Medical Branch, Shriners Burns InstituteGalveston

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