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Apnea Monitors


An apnea monitor is a device that measures how well you breathe. Healthcare providers read the information collected by the device to plan treatment. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing one or more times while you sleep. You may stop breathing for 5 to 20 seconds, and wake up several times to catch your breath.


If an alarm is activated:

Stay calm and try to wake the person. Do not shake your baby to wake him. You can cause serious injury.

  • Call 911 if you see any of the following signs of an emergency:
    • Red or blue face
    • Eyes stare straight ahead
    • Stiff posture
    • No chest movement

What may trigger the alarm:

  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Shallow breathing
  • Very slow or very fast heartbeat
  • No breathing for 5 seconds or longer
  • Little or no power left in the battery
  • No electricity coming from the power outlet
  • Wires attached to the person loosen or fall off

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You cannot make it to your next follow-up visit.
  • You have questions about how to use the monitor.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • The person cannot be woken up or does not respond when you talk to him.
  • The person is not breathing.
  • The person turns blue, or does not move.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.