The reliability of clinical indicators of oxygenation: a literature review

Considine, Julie 2005, The reliability of clinical indicators of oxygenation: a literature review, Contemporary nurse, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 258-267.

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Title The reliability of clinical indicators of oxygenation: a literature review
Author(s) Considine, JulieORCID iD for Considine, Julie
Journal name Contemporary nurse
Volume number 18
Issue number 3
Start page 258
End page 267
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005-04
ISSN 1037-6178
Keyword(s) oxygen
nursing assessment
Summary Despite oxygen being one of the most frequently administered substances in the hospital environment, there is little empirical data regarding its use. Review of the literature regarding the clinical assessment of hypoxia and hypoxaemia reveals inconsistency in the definition of terms and raises questions as to the reliability of the clinical indicators currently used to assess the need for supplemental oxygen. Assessment of the need for supplemental oxygen and continued re-evaluation of the patient's oxygen requirements is a nursing responsibility. Physical assessment, in combination with pulse oximetry, is the most common method used by nurses to assess oxygenation status. This paper critically appraises the literature to examine the reliability of clinical indicators of oxygenation used by nurses in acute care settings.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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