When you are measuring your oxygen saturation level and pulse using a finger oximeter, it’s important to ensure the reading is correct. Certain conditions may cause the oximeter to give an inaccurate reading. A good way to double check the accuracy of a pulse oximeter reading is to check your pulse manually and compare the two readings.
Some common reasons for an inaccurate oximeter reading include the following:
Other factors that can affect the pulse oximeter readings include the following:
If your pulse oximeter reading is abnormally high or low, make sure you are following all recommended procedures for taking a pulse measurement and try checking your levels again.
The normal range for blood oxygen saturation is between 96% and 100%. If your oxygen saturation level is below 90%, seek medical help immediately, as these levels could quickly lead to life-threatening complications. Levels between 90% and 95% may signify a less severe hypoxia and require immediate action to prevent a more severe case of hypoxia.
A finger pulse oximeter is primarily used to measure blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate. Since it provides a continuous reading of these measurements, an oximeter allows the user to detect changes in the oxygen level and heart rate as they occur.
This device is non-invasive and does not require a blood draw to determine the oxygen saturation level. It has also been approved for use outside of the medical environment. Athletes, mountain climbers, and patients with heart trouble or other medical problems can monitor their blood oxygen levels no matter where they are. This convenience can cut down on the number of doctor visits needed and alert the user to the need to seek medical help before their condition becomes life-threatening.
The normal range for blood oxygen saturation is between 96% and 100%. Anything below a reading of 90% could signify danger and quickly lead to life-threatening complications. Seek medical help if your blood oxygen level approaches 90% or lower. Make sure to follow all directions for using the pulse oximeter to ensure that the reading is correct. If your oximeter returns an abnormal reading, check it again to make sure the reading is accurate.
The following instructions apply to most finger pulse oximeters designed for home use; however, be sure to read the instruction manual for your specific oximeter before attempting to use it.
Although the oxygen saturation level varies with age, fitness, altitude, medical condition, and other factors, the optimal saturation for a young, healthy, and fit individual is 95 – 99%. Consult your health practitioner to determine the optimal oxygen saturation level for you.
This oximeter includes 6 display settings, featuring a bar graph, waveform, and 90 degree screen rotation at the touch of a button for easy reading from any angle.
The large digital display reports continuous readings as long as a finger is inserted in the device. A few seconds after the finger is removed from the device, the oximeter shuts off automatically to conserve battery power. You can adjust the brightness of the screen display by holding down the power button.
A hard carry case is included for safe keeping, and a bonus neck lanyard keeps the oximeter within easy reach. Two AAA batteries (not included) are used to power the device for up to 20 hours of battery life. The included user manual provides information and safety precautions for operating this device.
Oximeters are useful for a variety of settings and activities, including the following:
This finger pulse device offers a variety of information, including heart rate, oxygen saturation level, and complete plythesmograph and waveforms. As an FDA listed and CE approved device, you can rest assured of its accuracy and quality.
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