What is a Pulse Oximeter?

A pulse oximeter is a simple, inexpensive monitor which measures the life giving oxygen and keeps a patient safe during anesthesia and surgery! The pulse oximeter has changed the world by making anesthesia much safer in every setting. It is simply and painlessly applied to the finger, toe or ear and it quickly measures the amount of oxygen in the blood, and alerts those monitoring to any problems. When a drop in oxygen is noticed, live saving interventions can be made.

In most settings in low income countries, there is no pulse oximetry and yet anesthesia and surgery continue. In many of these settings there is also NO Oxygen Available – doubling the danger to all those in need of safe anesthesia and surgery. Providing pulse oximeters and teaching providers to watch them and treat problems can be easily accomplished. Money and education can make an incredible difference to the mothers, children and anyone having surgery in poor countries.