Dr. Vincent DeGennaro Jr., '02 | Feb. 27, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
There are only two numbers that I’m concerned with for Antoinette. One is her age: 22. The other is her oxygen saturation: 85 percent and dropping.
A normal oxygen saturation, signifying the percentage of red blood cells that are holding onto oxygen, is over 98 percent. The lower the number, the less oxygen in the blood and the higher the danger of death. Anything less than 90 percent is frightening and below 80 percent for any length of time is not compatible with life. Completely stuck in traffic in Port-au-Prince, we are going to be in real trouble very soon.