Help! Pulse oximeter problems. Overnight vs Rental
To make a very long story short my son had reflux spilling into his lungs. He had surgery and is doing great now.
We recently moved from 8250 to 7800 ft. At 8250 his baseline was around 89% after surgery. From 2 months of age on he was on oxygen 1/8 L when he slept. At 7800 ft his first overnight study put him at 91.38, 5.6% under 90%, acceptable without oxygen. The pulmonologist ordered a second overnight 2 weeks after where the results were 89.9, 13% below 90.
Here's the problem, we have a rental pulse ox (a Massimo set 8) that has his oxygen sat 3-6 points higher than the overnight study pulse ox (Nonin palmset 2500 handheld). I had put both of them on him because the Nonin does not have an alarm. Nonin was saying 89, Massimo would say 93, consistent and significant difference between the two. What do I do?! The pulmonologist is saying to use the oxygen again based on this test. He is now 6 months old and growing above and beyond the charts. I'm trying to get another overnight with a different pulse ox. Last night he was at 93/94 all night. I kept the oxygen near but I just could not bring myself to give it to him when he just doesn't seem to need it.
Has anyone else had significant differences in results based on the actual pulse oximeter?