Pulse Oximetry



In this lesson, students will learn the importance of pulse oximetry to further assess a patient's respiratory status. Students will also use a pulse oximeter, document findings, and assess whether or not those findings are within normal limits.

Lesson Time

1 Class Period
56 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Health Science and Medical Technology

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (3)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to discuss the importance of pulse oximetry as a respiratory assessment tool.
  • Students will be able to discuss terms related to respiratory status and pulse oximetry.
  • Students will demonstrate the understanding of pulse oximetry through passing of a skills test.
  • Students will demonstrate use of a pulse oximeter.
  • Students will correctly document oxygen saturation readings on the vital sign record sheet.

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