What is Pulse Oximeter?
Pulse Oximeter is a recently extensively used medical device. The current pandemic has made this an essential device in our house hold health kit. Pulse Oximeter is a small hand held medical device used to measure the oxygen saturation. Every patient who is being diagnosed with, admitted or even after discharge is being prescribed with pulse oximeter to monitor their oxygen saturation as an indicator of lung health.
Why should I have a pulse oximeter?
Since the cuirtrent occurrence of Covid 19 and the inflation of almost all government and private hospitals, it has become mandatory to have a personal pulse oximeter in every house hold to monitor the saturation and keep a check on the lung function. The Covid 19 as we understood majorly shows up with the signs and symptoms involving drop in saturation levels. Most of positive cases asre being held quarantine with basic information and which is why having a pulse oximeter becomes important for the population to fight against Covid 19 and win.
How does a pulse Oximeter work?
Pulse oximeter is a light weight device plugged to the index finger and the sensor starts reading the pulse, O2 saturation and BP which is shown on a small front led screen. This is a very easy and painless method with which we can monitor our lung functions and also the progress after getting diagnosed with Covid 19.
What is O2 Saturation (SpO2)?
SpO2 infers the amount or percentage of oxygen present in your blood. Since the lings are the vital organ to process O2 into the blood, this reading tells us the lung health and its efficiency. The normal range is somewhere between 92% and above for any healthy individual. If the saturation drops 92% and below which results in adverse health conditions related to lungs like chest pain, shortness of breath and increased heart rate.
Is this new in the market?
No, personal or jand held pulse oximeter was invented in the early 19th century to help patients with chronic lung disorders to use it at home under their doctors guidance. This was invented and advised in a way to handle emergencies like asthmatic attack etc.
This pandemic as the Corona Virus majorly affects the upper respiratory tract and spreads to the lungs and results in major fibrosis due to which the lung looses its elasticity and the ability to hold O2. The usage of pulse oximeter became mandatory and increased to the peak in order to help people identify the signs of lung involvement very early.
How to use the Pulse oximeter?
Our pulse oximeter comes with a user instructions and we advise all our customers to go through the manual before starting to use.
- Place the oximeter on your index finger, make sure your hand is dry, relaxed, and held below the level of the heart.
- Sit still and do not move the part of your body where the pulse oximeter is located.
- Wait a few seconds until the reading stops changing and displays one steady number.
- You can now note down the reading for daily monitoring