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Monitoring Methods 

Monitoring Methods
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Monitoring Methods
Author(s):

Shelly-Anne Rodriguez

and Joanne Spaliaras

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199381623.003.0006
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date: 21 October 2019

Monitors and their use are absolutely central to the practice of anesthesiology, and arguably constitute one of the primary reasons that anesthesiology has been the leading specialty in ensuring patient safety. Understanding the purpose of monitors and the physical principles that facilitate their functionality allows the anesthesiologist not only to clinically apply the provided data appropriately but also to effectively interpret instances in which a monitor may be more likely to provide incorrect data and compensate appropriately. This in-depth knowledge of monitors is unique to a small group of medical specialties, including anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and critical care. Understanding the principles in this chapter will allow the reader to know what is happening in the “background” of day-to-day anesthetic administration.

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