Pulse oximetry

Crit Care. 1999;3(2):R11-R17. doi: 10.1186/cc341.


Pulse oximetry is one of the most commonly employed monitoring modalities in the critical care setting. This review describes the latest technological advances in the field of pulse oximetry. Accuracy of pulse oximeters and their limitations are critically examined. Finally, the existing data regarding the clinical applications and cost-effectiveness of pulse oximeters are discussed.