Tutorial presented by Tanya Howells, Respiratory Nurse Specialist, HDUHB.
Severe COVID-19 infection causes oxygenation failure. Emerging evidence suggests that people may not present with breathlessness despite significant hypoxaemia. If uncertain, a low threshold for pulse oximetry is advised.
Taking an SpO2 measurement from a patient should follow these simple steps to ensure the test result is accurate and a true reflection of their oxygenation status:
The SpO2 result, together with the patient’s risk criteria (age, co-morbidities, BAME) categorises patients into three risk categories: