The Value of StO2 and Cerebral Oximetry

Cerebral desaturations happen frequently during a wide variety of surgical procedures and create stress and uncertainty for even the most experienced medical team. These events can be extremely serious based on their magnitude and duration. From complications like nausea, vomiting, delirium and cognitive decline to irreparable consequences like death, stroke and organ/respiratory failure: the risks associated with desaturations are very real. In addition to the incredible potential cost to the patient, there can also be high costs to the medical center in the form of extended time in the ICU and longer length of stay.

Studies have shown that the incidence of cerebral desaturations varies across procedures, with some studies showing desaturations happening in as many as 80 percent of procedures.

Standard monitoring only allows clinicians to infer oxygenation levels in the brain. And during coronary bypass surgery, pulse oximetry is rendered useless once bypass begins.

Cerebral oximetry is the only objective, organ-specific, non-invasive assessment of cerebral oxygenation available to anesthesiologists and surgical teams.

FORE-SIGHT gives physicians the confidence of knowing their patient is being accurately monitored in real time.

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FORE-SIGHT incidence of cerebral desaturation study
Click to see the full-sized chart of the incidence of cerebral desaturation events in various clinical settings.