Pulse oximetry is a noninvasive and painless test that measures your oxygen saturation level or the oxygen levels in your blood. It can rapidly detect even small changes in how efficiently oxygen is being carried to the extremities furthest from the heart, including the legs and the arms.
The pulse oximeter is a small, clip-like device that attaches to a body part, like toes or an earlobe. It’s most commonly put on a finger, and it’s often used in a critical care setting like emergency rooms or hospitals. Some doctors, such as pulmonologists, may use it in office.
Purpose and uses:
The purpose of pulse oximetry is to check how well your heart is pumping oxygen through your body. And as our oximeter is Bluetooth compatible so you can easily see your pulses and oxygen level on your mobile.
It may be used to monitor the health of individuals with any type of condition that can affect blood oxygen levels, especially while they’re in the hospital. These conditions include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- You can check your body oxygen level while trekking.
- Lung Cancer
- Heart Attack or Heart Failure
- Congenital Heart Defects
There are a number of different common use cases for pulse oximetry:
- To assess how well a new lung medication is working
- To evaluate whether someone needs help breathing
- To evaluate how helpful a ventilator is
- To monitor oxygen levels during or after surgical procedures that require sedation
- To determine how effective supplemental oxygen therapy is, especially when treatment is new
- To assess someone’s ability to tolerate increased physical activity
- To evaluate whether someone momentarily stops breathing while sleeping — like in cases of sleep apnea — during a sleep study