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Patient Monitoring 

Patient Monitoring
Chapter:
Patient Monitoring
Author(s):

Benjamin T. Fedeles

, Samuel M. Galvagno Jr.

, and Bhavani Kodali

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190495756.003.0003
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date: 21 August 2019

The outside of the operating room (OOOR) environment is fraught with challenges and often requires a great deal of flexibility without compromising patient care. The expertise and skill of the modern anesthesiologist is increasingly required when anesthesia is administered for procedures performed OOOR. This chapter focuses on the physics, physiology, limitations, and recommendations for standard physiological monitors that should be utilized in the OOOR environment. A special emphasis is placed on pulse oximetry and capnography. By implementing standards for monitoring that are similar to standards used in the operating room, the safe delivery of an anesthetic for procedures in the OOOR environment can be consistently achieved.

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