Benefits to patient safety have been reported by a
range of Hospitals including;
York, Ilford, Papworth, Cardio Thoracic Centre
Liverpool, Lincoln, Boston, Grantham, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester
Children's Hospital, Huddersfield, Cardiff, Newport.
Concurrent blood gas analysis has proved The
Lightman to be correct, and if clinical decisions were based on inaccurate
sensors as identified by The Lightman, the patient could get the wrong
The routine check of pulse oximeter sensors before and during
clinical use is essential. Inaccurate pulse oximeter sensors may lead to
unnecessary and perhaps harmful interventions.
Before The Lightman was
introduced, at times, it was not possible to explain why at times clinical
judgement did not agree with pulse oximeter data. Nurses have gained increased
confidence in pulse oximetry now that The Lightman is incorporated as part of
ongoing pulse oximeter maintenance with cost and clinical benefits.
Before The Lightman was introduced it is possible that clinical
interventions could have been taken on false premises. Inaccurate pulse oximeter
sensors that could have misled clinical judgement are now identified before
being put into use.
The Lightman has enabled the identification of
inaccurate pulse oximeter sensors which previously would not have been
identified. This has resulted in an increase of confidence of the equipment in
use and better management of oxygen therapy.