What is the role of pulse oximetry in the workup of venous air embolism (VAE)?

Updated: Dec 30, 2017
  • Author: Brenda L Natal, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Changes in oxygen saturation are late findings with VAE. Measurement is often skewed secondary to exposure to high fraction of inspired oxygen. Like carbon dioxide measuring, it is on the lower end of sensitive measurements. [1]

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