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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

The Use of Pulse Oximetry at High Altitude

Submission: February 17, 2020;Published: February 26, 2020

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2020.05.000631

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume6 Issue2


More than 100 million people visit high mountain regions every year and engage there in sporting activities [1]. Due to the reduced air pressure at altitude, the arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2) decreases [2,3]. The resulting oxygen deficiency in the tissue is the cause of acute mountain sickness (AMS) in previously healthy individuals [4-6]. It can easily be quantified noninvasively by pulse oximetry [3,7,8].

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