The sensors must be connected to its corresponding monitor. Blood oxygenation is measured by detecting the infrared and red light absorption characteristics of deoxygenated hemoglobin and oxygenated hemoglobin, which consists of a probe attached to the patient's finger. The sensor is connected to a data acquisition system which is used to calculate and display oxygen saturation levels and heart rate conditions.
- Connect the SpO2 sensor to the oximeter's adapter cable.
- Turn the oximeter on and verify proper operation.
- Select the sensor site on the patient. The preferred sensor sites are the index finger, alternatively the thumb or little finger is recommended.
- Apply the sensor on the patient.
- Visually monitor the sensor site to ensure the integrity of the skin.
- Connect the sensor cable to the appropriate equipment (pulse oximeter).
- Turn equipment on and check correct operation by consulting the monitor's operation instructions.
- To ensure proper monitor operations, connect and disconnect the sensor cable from the monitor cable. The correct, safe use of the sensor and its connecting cable requires systematic checks to be carried out at least once or more per month depending on the frequency of use, as well as disinfecting the cable.
- Visual check (appearance of insulators, connector contact pins, etc.)
- Verify the mechanical integrity of the connectors.
Do not use and discard any sensor that appears to have any mechanical or electrical flaws.