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  • Use of Pulse Oximetry in care homes

    Time to complete:
    7 minutes
    Date of publication:
    May 2020

    Pulse oximetry is often called the 'fifth vital sign'. Along with frequency of the patient’s breath, temperature, pulse rate and blood pressure it can give an indication how ill a person is and whether they might need admission to hospital. This screencast explains what pulse oximetry is and how to use it in care homes, including step by step instructions. 

    This screencast was developed by RCGP Learning.