Quote from SaraBart
A peer captured a photo of the monitor (without a name of course); is that safe to post? It shows the accuracy stars, waveform and correlation with heart rate. This is a patient who would sat in the 30s to 40s for hours, never wavering, never coding, so please consider that before dismissing the shockingly low saturation.
.... I would not post the picture of the waveform. While it really may not show the patient name you NEVER
post anything patient related and post it on social media. You don't take pictures of patients readings, monitors, wounds, labs, CXR...EVER!!! NEVER EVER!!!!!
This is a patients datanot show and tell.
I appreciate you wanting to learn and amazed at the complex ability of the body to sustain itself during a critical process....and the dying process....but it isn't a learning exception to show people how unbelievable the reading wasat that time.
NO SOCIAL MEDIA FOR PATIENT DATA......NO PICTURES WHAT SO EVER!!!
While it may not be HIPAA it is certainly against your facility policy and would be considered unprofessional. Would you want the dying process of your Mother, Father sister, brother or child on social media to prove how horrible it was? I'm willing to guess....probably not.
Would you be happy about a staff member took a picture of your dying loved one to show all her friends an unbelievable reading that they had never seen while your loved one is dying? I'm wiling to bet the answer is no.
What the MD meant was that outside certain parameters the machines accuracy diminishes dramatically and disproportionately. While the O2 sat was very low and not conducive to survival...it probably wasn't actually 3% regardless of the waveform and pleth of the signal.
While the monitor is useful in knowing the patient is not tolerating what you are doing and requires intervention.....it is probably not the "real" reading which is probably in the 30-40's by ABG.