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What is SpO2 Drop Index'
What is SpO2 Drop Index'
Hi folks - does anyone know what 'SpO2 Drop Index' means on an Oximeter report? Using a CMS 50+. Thanks!
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RE: What is SpO2 Drop Index'
SpO2 refers to the blood oxygen saturation which is reported as a percentage.

ODI (Oxygen Drop Index) is the number of episodes of oxygen desaturations per hour. In some cases, you can define what constitutes a countable desaturation event by setting the saturation drop (e.g. 4%) and a time period (e.g. 10 seconds.)

I have polycythemia which appears to be caused by oxygen desaturation at night and results in more red blood cells being created. Hence I "donate" 500 ml of blood every six weeks. Research tends to indicate that individuals with an ODI >10 (oxygen drops per hour) had significantly higher hemoglobin than those with an ODI less than 10.

Hope this helps.

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