I work in a sleep research lab. We have a couple of Masimo pulse oximeters that report pulse oximetry values in terms of integers (e.g. 90, 91, 92, etc.).
Now our principle investigators used to use an Ohmeda Biox 3700 that reported data via analog output in a nice (noisy) curve (e.g. after filtering, 90, 90.1, 90.3, 90.4, etc.).
There's some discussion that because of the lack of decimal, the Masimo is useless for data reporting. The Ohmeda though is from the 90s and I can't find any documentation that indicates if taking the decimal is even acceptable for the device's resolution. Any thoughts?