Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Veterans Administration Hospital and Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Hines, Illinois 60141, USA
Critical Care 1999, 3:R11-R17 doi:10.1186/cc341Published: 18 May 1999
Pulse oximetry is one of the most commonly employed monitoringmodalities in the critical care setting. This review describes the latesttechnological advances in the field of pulse oximetry. Accuracy of pulseoximeters and their limitations are critically examined. Finally, the existingdata regarding the clinical applications and cost-effectiveness of pulseoximeters are discussed.