Do you know what an Oximeter does?
A pulse oximeter is a small device that is placed on a fingertip. It uses infrared light to determine your heart rate and the oxygen content in your blood, without the need of drawing a blood sample.
Pulse oximeters display their results on screen as numbers. Oxygen saturation level, is usually abbreviated as SpO2, and is presented as a percentage. Pulse or heart rate is abbreviated as PR. For healthy individuals, oxygen saturation values are between 95% and 100%.
Individuals who are most at risk for oxygen issues include those with pre-existing lung disease, heart disease and obesity, especially those that are active smokers.
Medical uses of oximetry include monitoring of oxygen levels in the performance assessment of new lung medication for patients, anemia, in various respiratory infections and conditions including Sleep Apnea, COPD, lung cancer, asthma, home oxygen therapy management, etc.
In an emergency situation, oximetry is used to identify those individuals who require respiratory support.
How does a $70 device save lives?
This device helps detect low blood oxygen levels, if used regularly, sooner. This facilitates earlier medical intervention that may save lives or provide better patient outcomes.