Improving Patient Safety by Increasing Staff Knowledge of Evidence-Based Pulse Oximetry Practices

Author(s): Danielle Hlavin, BSN, RN, CCRN, CMC, Maureen Varty, PhD, RN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2024

Topics: Patient Safety, Pulmonary

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

After noticing that off-label placement was being used in a critical care setting, further investigation of this practice was completed because it could impact patient safety and proper administration of oxygen therapy. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to reduce off-label placement of pulse oximetry sensors and increase health care staff members’ knowledge regarding the optimal use of pulse oximetry.


  • Identify two factors which may limit nurses’ ability to obtain accurate oxygen saturation readings from pulse oximeters.
  • Describe the potential impact of using off-label pulse oximetry placement on measurement of oxygen saturation.
  • Identify one direct measurement and one in direct measurement of blood oxygen saturation.

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