Skip to Content
View Additional Content In This Section
A transcutaneous oxygen and carbon dioxide monitor is a device that
measures the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in a baby's blood. This test does
not require a doctor or a nurse to take a blood sample from the baby.
The monitor is connected to the baby by a lead (wire), the end of
which has a small circle that is held in place with a small round adhesive
patch. The circle heats the skin, which allows it to measure blood oxygen and
carbon dioxide content. The machine translates this information into a constant
readout and has an alarm for readings that are above or below safe
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kimberly Dow, MD, FRCPC - Neonatology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2015 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.