Monitoring oxygenation

Kevin K. Tremper, Timothy W. Rutter, Joyce A. Wahr

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The most basic goal of anaesthetists and intensivists is to assure that there is an adequate supply of oxygen to the mitochondria throughout the body to maintain aerobic metabolism and cellular function. The determination of adequate oxygenation has historically been monitored by the absence of organ dysfunction because techniques were not available to assess quantitatively the oxygenation of tissues. Over the past 40 years, measurement and monitoring methods have been developed to first quantitate oxygen supply and more recently to continuously asess both invasively and noninvasively the oxygenation of blood and tissue. 1This article will review the current status of the invasive and noninvasive techniques for monitoring oxygenation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-222
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Anaesthesia and Critical Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1993


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