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hi doctors, was just wondering what is an optimal blood oxygen level?

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Dr. Robert Varady
Specializes in Family Medicine
96% or higher: Normal is 96% or above on room air

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What's a transcutaneous blood oxygen monitor used for?

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Dr. Richard Ohnmacht
Pediatrics 35 years experience
To measure oxygen: Tc blood oxygen monitors or pulse oximeters measure the amount of oxygen in the blood and give one indication of how well the heart and lungs are working.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What can happen if blood oxygen levels are seriously low for too long?

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Brain damage: Lack of oxygen rich blood for too long can cause serious brain injury.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I need to know what's an optimal blood oxygen level?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Depends: On your age and condition . It is usually reported by%. For example a little baby you would want to be high, close to 100% and if sick not lower than 92% when ill and hospitalized. A normal person walking around is usually 96- 100%. If a person has a chronic lung condition lower percentages of oxygen are acceptable, down to about 88%.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Will a blood oxygen of 90 or below cause lasting damage?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Pulse: Oximetry measuring oxygen carrying capacity in per cent has replaced counting respiration in vital signs. 90% is low, but it indicates that you might need to find out why. The instantaneous level may or may not be associated with feelings of dyspnea. Chronic low o2 and desaturation can lead to pulmonary hypertension = lasting damage, .
A 34-year-old member asked:

What happens when blood oxygen is low?

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Dr. Hashmat Rajput
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Oxygen: Shortness of breath happens because of low oxygen blood level. The rbcs have low level oxygen and effect the kidney , heart and brain tissues function. Your doctor has to find the causes of low blood oxygen quickly and treat them.

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