Monitoring of PO2 in Human Blood
The surveillance of arterial PO2 in patients with pulmonary or cardiac failure by frequent sampling of blood has several obvious disadvantages. Alternatively the continuous monitoring of PaO2 by use of catheter electrodes still poses numerous problems. However, from a continuous signal of a transducer able to follow variations in PaO2 with respiration and heart activity, more useful information is gained. Under certain circumstances, as well as by studying the evolution of PaO2 during controlled changes of inspired oxygen supply, continuous PO2 monitoring can also be used as a diagnostic tool (e.g. for the detection of pathological shunts).
KeywordsRadial Artery Transient Response Heart Activity Lingual Artery Catheter Electrode
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