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Oximeter

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What is an oximeter?

An oximeter is a small machine that measures oxygen saturation (the amount of oxygen) in your child’s blood.

To get this measurement, a small sensor (like a band-aid) is taped onto your child's finger or toe. When the oximeter is on, a small red light can be seen in the sensor. The sensor is painless and the red light does not get hot.

Why are oximeters used?

There are many reasons to use an oximeter. It helps show if your child is getting enough oxygen and if extra oxygen is needed. If your child is already on oxygen, it will help the doctors decide how much oxygen to give.


Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 10/2006

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