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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.