Apnea Monitors


What is an apnea monitor? 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.

Why is an apnea monitor used? An apnea monitor measures air flow to your lungs and the amount of oxygen in your blood. The monitor will show how many times you had apnea, and how long you stopped breathing each time. Your breathing rate and heart's electrical activity are also measured. The apnea monitor may be needed for any of the following reasons:

What should I do 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.

What may trigger the alarm?

When should I contact my healthcare provider? Contact your healthcare provider if:

When should I seek immediate help? Seek help immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. 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.

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