Blood sats versus clinical exam

Patient

Q: My son 31 mths has GORD & Asthma

4 days ago his blood sats were 90%. GP said clinical ok so blood sats must be wrong. is this possible?

His twin also tested on the day - result 99%

Doctor

A:   Blood sats are typically done in an Emergency department setting and Indicate oxygen saturation (percent of hemoglobin molecules in blood bound to oxygen).

While normal sat levels are 95 percent and above, usually no clinical effects can be seen until below 85 percent.

Sat levels below 95 percent have to be taken into consideration with other vital signs and patient status. If other vitals are within normal limits and there is no shortness or breath, difficulty breathing , active infection, or change in skin colour... it is likely an error in testing.

If there is any clinical suspicion of reduced blood oxygen, the test should be repeated and recorded continuously for 5 minutes.






Related Q&A

Q: Need prescription refill, i ran out of my proair inhaler and need a new one, the weather has made my chest extra tigh...

Q: My chest feels like someone is pushing right in the middle. It hurts and I'm finding it painful to breathe. This has ...

Q: I wake up not being able to breath and i have to kinda gasp for air and afterward i have a tightness in my chest plea...

Q: I have asthma since childhood and using medicines since long time. Until recently i have no issues with my asthma and...

Q: I have a chronic cough. Before I start the cough my back gets really itchy. Every time. And then I need an inhaler....

MOST DOCTOR RECOMMENDATIONS
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews