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Oxygen SATs

Maddie has been very poorly the last week. Our out of hours dr called the ambulance and she was whisked away. We dont know what her SATs were then as the out of hrs service didnt have a machine to hand!! However her Respiratory rate was 44 instead of the expected 24 so apparently that in itself was enough to cause alarm.

When things had calmed and she was showing signs of improvement her SATs stayed around 90-93. They didnt go above 93 and in fact dipped to 89. When we were discharged from hosp the next day they were still only 93.

I didnt really take any notice of it until we had to go back onto the ward as Maddie got a temp. On arrival a different nurse took her obs and her SATs were again 93. The nurse started panicking and said she needed oxygen therapy etc. However when the consultant arrived, he saw Maddie and said not to expect much more.

Why can we not expect her to have higher SATs??

Do they begin to stay low in someone with Brittle Asthma??

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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I am very sorry to hear maddie is not feeling well i hope she gets better soon,also in answer to your question many doctors believe that as long as your oxygen sats are over 92 your ok, like when i had an asthma attack my sats where 92-85 yet they sent me home after observation for a few hours so i personally think it depends on the doctor/consultant some like you to be over 95 some 92

(92-93 is normal for some people) if your still worried i would ask for a second opinion or take her to your gp who knows maddie better xxx hope maddie gets well soon


Everyone is differant, but usually they wouldnt start treatment until 93-94% but I know some people whos normal SATS were 88%, the doctor would, I hope have taken everything into account. If you are worried though, take it up with your doctor next time you see him, he wont mind, its what hes there for! I hope Maddie turns the corner soon xx


Hi there,

Hope you and Maddie are baring up all ok. My SATs dropped to 76-79 in Aug last year, which is the lowest I've ever seen it. Upon discharge, they hovered around 93/94. It just takes time to calm down the inflammation down in the lungs...I have an oximeter at hope and on good days, they can be 98.

Really hope Maddie feels much better soon.

All the best



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