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Pulse Oximeters Are Less Accurate in Hospitalized Black Patients

September 28, 2022

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5-15 mins
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A pulse oximeter is an essential tool in estimating a patient’s oxygen levels, helping to guide critical medical decisions, such as whether a patient needs admission to the hospital or receives supplemental oxygen. Considering its wide usage medically, it is paramount that these devices work equitably. A study from the University of Michigan concludes that prescription pulse oximeters missed low blood oxygen levels at a statistically significant higher frequency in hospitalized Black patients.

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