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JoNightshade
07-07-2007, 12:32 AM
Okay, you see it on medical shows. It's like a little thing they clip over the end of a person's finger. Is this a heart-rate monitor? What is it called? Is it JUST the finger clippie thing, or do you also need an electrode or whatever on your chest?

RumpleTumbler
07-07-2007, 12:35 AM
pulse

johnnysannie
07-07-2007, 12:38 AM
I don't know what the official name of the device may be but it measures the levels of oxygen in the blood.

Perks
07-07-2007, 12:38 AM
It's a pulse oximeter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood_gas_monitor).

Mysti
07-07-2007, 12:38 AM
It measures a persons pulse and oxygen levels. I've always referred to it as a pulse-ox.

Mysti

Siddow
07-07-2007, 12:46 AM
Dangit, Perks beat me to it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulse_oximeter

Perks
07-07-2007, 12:47 AM
My google kung fu is getting better. Watch out, now.

JoNightshade
07-07-2007, 12:49 AM
You guys are awesome! Thanks so much! Rep points all around.