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24-Hour inpatient pulse oximetry monitoring reduces rescue events and intensive care unit transfers.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ.

Effective monitoring can enable early detection of deteriorating patients while reducing nuisance alarms. Relating how one hospital implemented round-the-clock monitoring and adjusted alarm thresholds, this article reports results of the program such as fewer patient transfers to the intensive care unit and no subsequent adverse events.