The Relationship between Oxygen Reserve Index and Arterial Partial Pressure of Oxygen during Surgery

Richard Lee Applegate, Ihab L. Dorotta, Briana Wells, David Juma, Patricia Applegate

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BACKGROUND: The use of intraoperative pulse oximetry (Spo 2) enhances hypoxia detection and is associated with fewer perioperative hypoxic events. However, Spo 2 may be reported as 98% when arterial partial pressure of oxygen (Pao 2) is as low as 70 mm Hg. Therefore, Spo 2 may not provide advance warning of falling arterial oxygenation until Pao 2 approaches this level. Multiwave pulse co-oximetry can provide a calculated oxygen reserve index (ORI) that may add to information from pulse oximetry when Spo 2 is >98%. This study evaluates the ORI to Pao 2 relationship during surgery. METHODS: We studied patients undergoing scheduled surgery in which arterial catheterization and intraoperative arterial blood gas analysis were planned. Data from multiple pulse co-oximetry sensors on each patient were continuously collected and stored on a research computer. Regression analysis was used to compare ORI with Pao 2 obtained from each arterial blood gas measurement and changes in ORI with changes in Pao 2 from sequential measurements. Linear mixed-effects regression models for repeated measures were then used to account for within-subject correlation across the repeatedly measured Pao 2 and ORI and for the unequal time intervals of Pao 2 determination over elapsed surgical time. Regression plots were inspected for ORI values corresponding to Pao 2 of 100 and 150 mm Hg. ORI and Pao 2 were compared using mixed-effects models with a subject-specific random intercept. RESULTS: ORI values and Pao 2 measurements were obtained from intraoperative data collected from 106 patients. Regression analysis showed that the ORI to Pao 2 relationship was stronger for Pao 2 to 240 mm Hg (r 2 = 0.536) than for Pao 2 over 240 mm Hg (r 2 = 0.0016). Measured Pao 2 was ≥100 mm Hg for all ORI over 0.24. Measured Pao 2 was ≥150 mm Hg in 96.6% of samples when ORI was over 0.55. A random intercept variance component linear mixed-effects model for repeated measures indicated that Pao 2 was significantly related to ORI (β[95% confidence interval] = 0.002 [0.0019-0.0022]; P < 0.0001). A similar analysis indicated a significant relationship between change in Pao 2 and change in ORI (β [95% confidence interval] = 0.0044 [0.0040-0.0048]; P < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that ORI >0.24 can distinguish Pao 2 ≥100 mm Hg when Spo 2 is over 98%. Similarly, ORI > 0.55 appears to be a threshold to distinguish Pao 2 ≥150 mm Hg. The usefulness of these values should be evaluated prospectively. Decreases in ORI to near 0.24 may provide advance indication of falling Pao 2 approaching 100 mm Hg when Spo 2 is >98%. The clinical utility of interventions based on continuous ORI monitoring should be studied prospectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-633
Number of pages8
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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