respiratory function monitoring

respiratory function monitoring

The use of various techniques to provide alarms that alert a patient's attendants to a change in the ability of the lungs to perform their functions. These techniques include noninvasive devices for measuring the oxygen content of the blood (e.g., pulse oximetry); methods of monitoring respiratory muscle function and breathing pattern; or devices for monitoring the carbon dioxide content of expired air (i.e., capnography).
See: apnea monitoring
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