Despite the critical role oxygen plays in everyday life, it can often be taken for granted. Oxygen is vital to all human life, and the presence of too little or too much can be harmful. Because of its common therapeutic use and known potential to be damaging to one’s health when used incorrectly, oxygen is classified as a drug. Therefore, according to section 503A of the Federal Food and Drug Act, it needs to be individually prescribed to each patient.
As one of the AARC Clinical Practice Guidelines, it has been advised to check oxygen delivery systems somewhat frequently. Like other prescription drugs, it is important to take precautions when delivering oxygen to ensure the right amount is being administered to the patient. To help with this, it may be beneficial to both analyze and monitor blended or mixed gases as they are being delivered to the patient.
What is the difference between analyzing and monitoring? An analyzer reports the oxygen level being delivered at the specific current moment in time. Comparatively, a monitor checks the oxygen levels of the gas and is equipped with high and low alarms. High and low alarms help to warn the medical professional if the oxygen content has reached a pre-set high or low level. This helps to ensure the patient is receiving their prescribed dosage of oxygen, no more and no less.
“High and low alarms may be beneficial because they can help to secure patient safety.“
High and low alarms may be beneficial because they can help to secure patient safety. Patient safety may be compromised in the case of human error, an unforeseen event, or an emergency. In any of these cases, a smart alarm could notify the medical professional of the issue or error, protecting the patient from potential harm.
Devices with smart alarms such as the MaxO2 ME, MaxBlend Lite, and MaxBlend 2 are invaluable pieces of safety equipment that may help save a life or prevent a patient from sustaining permanent injury.
For more information on this topic, watch the video below where Dustin and Brian discuss oxygen analyzing and monitoring with a special guest. You can also watch it here.
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