Design and validation of a pulse oximeter calibrator
Hornberger, Christoph × Matz, H Konecny, E Frankenberger, H Bonk, R Avgerinos, J Benekos, K Valais, J Ikiades, A Gil-Rodriguez, J Wouters, Patrick Meyfroidt, Geert Ponz, L Gehring, H #
Anesthesia and analgesia vol:94 issue:1 Suppl pages:S8-12
The performance of a new calibrator for pulse oximeters is tested with five pulse oximeters from different manufacturers. The calibrator is based on time resolved transmission spectra of human fingers. Finger spectra with different arterial oxygen saturation can be selected to simulate real patients. The results obtained with this calibration device are compared with the results of conventional calibration procedures with volunteers. Beside accuracy tests the suitability for artifact simulation with the new device is discussed. The response of the five tested pulse oximeters is in good agreement with the response of the pulse oximeters connected to real patients. A test procedure for pulse oximeters similar to the conventional desaturation practice is possible; some of the typical artifacts pulse oximetry has to cope with can be simulated easily.