Certain conditions, like the ones mentioned below, call for the need to keep a regular check on your blood oxygen levels.
- Lung cancer
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
For those who wish to lead a healthy and active lifestyle (despite their medical condition), keeping a constant check on their blood oxygen level and oxygenated haemoglobin is essential.
So, how can you keep a check on your blood oxygen?
The most popular and widely-acknowledged method of measuring blood oxygen levels is called pulse oximetry. Pulse oximetry is a simple test – a painless and non-invasive method of oxygen saturation level detection that can help you (or medical professionals) gauge how well the heart is supplying oxygen to the rest of your body.
And the device that is used for the aforementioned test is called an oximeter. An oximeter is an instrument that is used to gauge the proportion of oxygenated haemoglobin in the blood.
How does an oximeter work?
An oximeter is typically clipped to the tip of your finger. Pulse oximeters pass a red and infrared light through your finger. Its sensors then detect the level of oxygen in your blood, depending on the way the said light passes through. The percentage of oxygen in your blood is displayed on the oximeter screen. Most modern digital oximeters also calculate and display your pulse rate.
Why do we need pulse oximeters?
There are several different reasons and purposes that support the use of oximeters, including:
- Monitoring the oxygen levels of patients after they have undergone a surgical procedure that requires sedation (or during surgery)
- Gauging whether a patient needs help breathing
- Assessing the effectiveness of supplemental oxygen therapy
- Evaluating the effectiveness of new medications
Popular oximeter types and models available online
Perhaps the most prevalent type of oximeter is the fingertip pulse oximeter. Compact, portable and easy-to-use, this device can be found in most hospital setups and is great for home use as well.
Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
Easycare’s non-invasive, lightweight and portable oximeter helps you keep an eye on the pulse rate and arterial hemoglobin oxygen saturation or peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2). This battery-operated device comes equipped with a dual-colored OLED display and can work for over 30 hours nonstop. It not only monitors the oxygen saturation in your blood but also displays PR, PI, pulse bar, plethysmogram and changes in the skin’s blood volume. The water-resistant oximeter is easy to carry and allows you to adjust the display color and brightness according to your preference.
If you are looking for a rugged device that fits perfectly, the MD300C63 is a perfect choice. Its anti-skid texture helps you grip it properly, without the fear of slipping while using it. Its occlusion design is great for senior citizens and the dual-colored OLED screen displays SpO2, pulse bar, PR and waveform.
This easy-to-use FDA-approved fingertip pulse oximeter is equipped with an alarm that can keep you alert about any unusual readings. Its stylish, wearable design makes it a favorite amongst home users as well as hospitals. The MD300CF3 comes with a large blue LED screen that makes it easy for you to read even if it is dark. This model assures accurate oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and pleth waveform readings that are displayed in four different directions so that it is easy for the patient or caregiver to see them from any angle. Monitor neonatal, pediatric and adult blood oxygen saturation easily with this compact device!
Here is a practical and inexpensive solution for home users and small clinics or hospitals. The handheld oximeter by ChoiceMMed has a high-resolution 2.8-inch color TFT screen that can display the SpO2 and pulse rate at the touch of a button. What makes this device so great is its additional features, such as the 72-hour data storage and review option and multilingual support in languages such as English, French, German and Spanish. The oximeter also displays PR, PI (perfusion index), waveform and pulse bar, thus making it a fantastic device to have at home.
Customers who have used pulse oximeters by top brands like ChoiceMMed and Easycare have consistently given the devices a high satisfaction score.
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