Pulse oximetry for perioperative monitoring

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There is evidence to support use of pulse oximetry for detecting hypoxaemia and other related events. However, there is no evidence to suggest that  oximetry affects patient related outcomes. 

The use of pulse oximetry in perioperative monitoring is very common in routine clinical practice. The aim of the review was to assess the effects of perioperative monitoring with pulse oximetry and to identify the adverse outcomes that might be prevented or improved by the use of pulse oximetry.

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