The standard use of pulse oximetry during the transport of postoperative patients from the operating room (OR) to the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) is not routinely practiced. A study was conducted to determine if the frequency of hypoxemia on admission to the PACU decreased after implementation of routine use of transport pulse oximeters for postoperative patients being transferred to the PACU.In this prospective cohort study, which was conducted at an academic pediatric hospital, the primary outcome measure was the frequency of hypoxemic events on arrival to the PACU.A total of 506 patients in the preintervention phase and 597 in the postintervention phase met the inclusion criteria. Six hypoxemic events on arrival to the PACU were identified in preintervention phase versus zero in the postintervention period, p?=?0.009. Use of oxygen monitors during transport from the OR to the PACU increased from 0% to 100%, p?
View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jcjq.2016.12.001
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