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Health Care Assistant (HCA) - Kelowna - 2024

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Hypoxia is a condition where their is insufficient oxygen is available in patients tissue to maintain adequate homeostasis. This situation this results from inadequate oxygen delivery to the tissues either due to low blood supply or low oxygen content in the blood (hypoxemia).

Hypoxia and hypoxemia sound similar, but refer to two different conditions. Hypoxia is when the body tissues aren’t getting the oxygen they need. Hypoxemia is when there is a lack of oxygen in the arterial blood.

Hypoxia is initially identified is through the use of an Oximetry.

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