This diagnostic device measures the pulse rate and oxygen saturation in the blood. Oximetry is based on a reading of the oxygen level by a simple light emission. The Pulse Oximeter is used daily by doctors, nurses, emergency doctors.
Some models are accessible to the general public for self-measurement because they allow the monitoring of the effectiveness of a treatment for respiratory diseases. Patients with the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will be required to obtain an oximeter for regular monitoring. The results provided by the oximeter make it possible to identify a possible lack of effectiveness of the treatment and/or announce an acute outbreak of the disease.
Examination with the oximeter is non-invasive and painless. Each Finger Pulse Oximeter has a sensor that consists of a light source and a photometric sensor.
There are several types of pulse oximeters:
- portable pulse oximeter
- finger pulse oximeter
- pediatric oximeter
Portable pulse oximeter
- The sensor of a portable pulse oximeter is exchangeable. This offers hygiene guarantees, in addition to allowing measurement for many patients.
- Depending on the model, pulse oximeters can be reused with single-use sensors.
- Sensors of different sizes can be connected (infants, adults,).
- Portable pulse oximeters are mainly used in hospitals, but also in medical practices, during outpatient operations.
In most cases, this medical equipment is used by health professionals. For some time now, it is no longer trivial to meet him in private homes. The Pulse Oximeter or Saturometer is a tool that is used to measure the amount of oxygen that circulates in the arteries
What is Pulse Oximeter?
The Pulse Oximeter is a device that continuously measures oxygen levels, ie arterial saturation with hemoglobin. Recall that hemoglobin is the cell that carries oxygen.
It is also this activity that earned him the term “saturated with oxygen”. With this device, one obtains the heart rate in addition to the rate of oxygen without resorting to a sampling. Regarding its operation, the pulse oximeter consists of a sensor, a monitor and a cable.
To use it, it is necessary to place the sensor at the level of the fingers, the nose or even the soles of the feet. These sensors look like finger grips. To distinguish what is happening, the light is flashing. There are conditions to be respected not to distort the data of the oximeter. So avoid using it if you have high blood pressure, hypothermia, or heart rhythm disorders.
Why use the pulse oximeter?
The Pulse Oximeter is used to control the heart rate of an individual under general anesthesia. Thus, one can analyze if the patient suffers from a certain difficulty breathing and remedy it in time.
After surgery, the pulse oximeter also monitors the patient’s state of health. Likewise, it facilitates emergency intervention or even resuscitation. You can buy one to be able to check your condition directly at home.
What model of a pulse oximeter to buy?
- To enlighten you on the subject, we will give you three types of Pulse Oximeter.
- The first model is the Oxypad Pro pulse oximeter with photoelectric sensors. The expected values appear on the screen.
- The second type is the Oxygo Digital Pulse Oximeter which is suitable for individuals but also for professionals in the medical field. On the screen are oxygen saturation and also the heart rate and pulsatile signal intensity.