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A patient's SaO2 is measured at 80%. How should the nurse interpret this information?
1. 80% of hemoglobin is fully loaded with oxygen.
2. The patient's hemoglobin is 80%.
3. The patient's plasma is 80% saturated with oxygen.
4. The patient's cardiac output has dropped to 80%.
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Rationales:
1. SaO2 measures the saturation of the hemoglobin with oxygen.
2. SaO2 does not measure the amount of hemoglobin present.
3. Oxygen can be dissolved in plasma, but this is not measured by SaO2.
4. SaO2 does not measure cardiac output.
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