Im not in a cage although it looks like one. Its actually a crib for our pediatric patients. I dont setup the kiddies though, its not my role. This perspective is just a setup for my picture. I figured i can do a post about the sensors i use here for the sleep study that i setup for adult patients. Its a 1 patient night so im not super busy, but this 1 patient is in rough shape so im lucky to just have 1.
THE EQUIPMENT LAID OUT
Here we have the Jackbox, a pulse oximeter, thermistor, leg leads, ekg leads, eeg leads, a snore sensor, and respiratory belts. Ill also show an older picture of my tray setup so i will not be able to make a fresh one at the moment.
My tray setup with paste, nu prep, gauze, cotton swab, tape, marking pen, measuring tape on a lovely striped tray. A tray thats been here for years, but that i like to use to organize my supplies that i need to get all the sensors on.
Lets break down each of the sensors and see what they do.
- This is a finger probe, that measures saturation of Oxygen in the blood. Normal levels are about 95%. Worst ive seen is some patients that drop to the 50s, and the record was the 30s. That low and people are at risk of a cardio emergency. Its like holding your breath until you're blue.
- To detect brain wave activity. A simple wire, gold or silver plated for conduction. Paste is used to help conduct and to hold on to the scalp
- Long wires, 120 inches that go down to the leg, stuck on with electrodes. To measure leg movements and muscle activity. Some people have a ton of movement.
- Standard EKG, to watch the heart beat/rhythm. ❤️
- a sensor that picks up the HUM from snoring. Placed on bottom of neck area, picks up vibration that shows up as a spot on a line to indicate snoring.
- 1 for chest, 1 for abdomen. Shows a wave going up and down to represent the persons breathing
- also a breathing sensor. This connects to a cannula, a little tube that sits by the nose to detect breathing. Shows another wave of the person breathing. When the person has bad breathing, or stops, shows a flatter line.
And that is most of the setup. I dont have a good picture of a person with all the wires on, that would of course be a violation surely. I will finish up my night here, looking at the study, the way it looks on the computer with all the lines and waves showing. Its been a wild night here....
BUT I HOPE YOU HAVE A WILD DAY AND/OR WILD NIGHT