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Oxyshield™ - Hypoxia during Endoscopy
Deep sedation is associated with a predictable and sequential decrease in oxygen saturation. Following sedation induction during endoscopy, oxygen saturation falls moderately in most patients. In some patients levels can fall quite profoundly to unacceptably dangerous levels. As a result, hypoxia can occur during or following endoscopic procedures.
The OxyShield™ provides a simple, safe, and highly effective method of quickly delivering oxygen to the patient. It prevents the occasional episodes of hypoxia and hypoxic cardiac arrests as it ensures adequate oxygenation during endoscopic procedures.
Hypoxia would normally be treated by use of either oxygen mask or nasal prongs.
Supplemental oxygenation achieves adequate oxygenation within 1 minute or less. Administration of oxygen via the OxyShield™ alleviates hypoxia in sedated patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy.
It is now accepted that under sedation oxygen levels in the blood can sometimes fall dramatically especially in the elderly but also quite commonly in the full range of patients. As a result, hypoxia can occur during or following endoscopic procedures. To monitor such changes many practices are now including pulse oximeters as standard endoscopy room equipment.