Orders

+49 931 20 79 29 02
» info@tni-medical.de

Service

+49 931 20 79 29 02
» service@tni-medical.de

DE EN US
 

Hypoxemia

Hypoxemia (or hypoxaemia in British English) is an abnormally low level of oxygen in the blood. More specifically, it is oxygen deficiency in arterial blood. Hypoxemia has many causes, often respiratory disorders, and can cause tissue hypoxia as the blood is not supplying enough oxygen to the body.

Hypoxemia refers to low oxygen in the blood, and the more general term hypoxia is an abnormally low oxygen content in any tissue or organ, or the body as a whole. Hypoxemia can cause hypoxia (hypoxemic hypoxia), but hypoxia can also occur via other mechanisms, such as anemia. Informally, hypoxemic hypoxia is sometimes called hypoxic hypoxia.

Hypoxemia is usually defined in terms of reduced partial pressure of oxygen (mm Hg) in arterial blood, but also in terms of reduced content of oxygen (ml oxygen per dl blood) or percentage saturation of hemoglobin (the oxygen binding protein within red blood cells) with oxygen, which is either found singly or in combination.

While there is general agreement that an arterial blood gas measurement which shows that the partial pressure of oxygen is lower than normal constitutes hypoxemia, there is less agreement concerning whether the oxygen content of blood is relevant in determining hypoxemia. This definition would include oxygen carried by hemoglobin. The oxygen content of blood is thus sometimes viewed as a measure of tissue delivery rather than hypoxemia.

 

© Copyright 2010 by TNI medical AG    •     » Protected Rights     •     » General Conditions of Sale     •     » Imprint

Orders

+49 931 20 79 29 02
» info@tni-medical.de

Service

+49 931 20 79 29 02
» service@tni-medical.de

DE EN US
Desktop-Ansicht     |     Impressum
© 2010 bei TNI medical AG