Which is the best pulse oximeter for you?A. Finger Pulse Oximeter
Chances are you're not sure which pulse oximeter you should be using to monitor your SpO2 readings.
Not to worry, we've got your answer right here
#1 Finger Pulse Oximeter - We highly recommend this style for those who need instant and accurate readings throughout the day, regardless of location.
#2 Wrist Band Pulse Oximeter - Recommended for continuous monitoring while sleeping or performing low impact exercise.
#3 Handheld Pulse Oximeter - We typically recommend the use of these models to medical professionals. Often times more additional, sophisticated, information is provided that may require further interpretation.
Since most likely, you'll be the one monitoring SpO 2, an easy to read display is necessary. Simple designs are the best and most user-friendly.
Look for a pulse oximeter that provides you with a well-lit OLED display screen equipped with variable display options for easy to read results, regardless of which hand your measurement is being taken on. Some models will even present your pulse and spO2 graphically for simple interpretation.
A well-developed device will have a portable design. Look for a monitor that is small and compact that doesn't require any additional wires, cords, or parts. This makes it easier to check your oxygen levels inconspicuously when at work or out to dinner.
This is also ideal when you need your readings immediately. Rather than having to live your life around SpO2 monitoring, you won't have to fuss to set up the monitor or rush to find a power source. Readings should be easy to take, especially since low oxygen levels simply cannot wait.
Additional features, like a lanyard or traveling case, are an added bonus. These make it easy to store, travel, and carry anywhere. If you come across a model like this, don't hesitate to snatch it up quick!
I don't know anyone who doesn't want quick results and accuracy! This one may be obvious, but it's so crucial... we couldn't leave it out.
It can be hard to sit still while a machine calculates your pulse rate and SpO2, and since the accuracy of these measurements depends on stillness, it is important to find an oximeter that can provide almost instant readings.
We know that keeping track of your health can really add up fast. A cost effective device is just as important as any other feature.
High-end models like Nellcor Oximax ring up at just under $500, and while these types do provide incredible accuracy, they are intended for use in clinical settings and are not made for portability. Often times these devices can be confusing to use or understand the results.
Cheap pulse oximeters can go for as little as $13, but remember, these low price models tend to be missing key attributes like FDA approval.
Instead of going for a cheap pulse oximeter or high-end, look for one right in the middle. A model that is around the $30-$40 range for personal home use.These models will consist of all the important features that give you reliable results, but won't break the bank!
Pulse oximetry is a test that is used to identify the level of oxygen in your blood, or how well the oxygen is moving through the parts of your body. Results are given as %
A pulse oximeter detects oxygenated hemoglobin as a percentage of total hemoglobin in the body by passing two pulses of light through a fingertip to a photodetector. The difference in absorption between the two wavelengths shows how much oxygen the arteries have absorbed, and is displayed on-screen as a percentage out of 100. In addition to this measurement (your SpO2), the oximeter also provides you with your pulse rate (the number of times your heart beats per minute).
Great for self-management. Finger pulse oximeters can be used to monitor oxygen saturation levels and determine if you are meeting goals set by your doctor. If not, you are able to adjust accordingly.
Athletes and exercise enthusiasts can see how their heart is performing during cardiovascular activity, using this handy device as a means to monitor athletic performance and ensuring that their exercise is both safe and effective.
Pulse oximeters are also very popular among pilots (and, to a lesser extent, mountain climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts) as they allow them to monitor their oxygen levels at extreme heights. It is incredibly important for pilots to know their SpO2 so that they can determine whether or not they require supplemental oxygen during the flight
Wireless design with the pulse and oxygen sensor located on the wrist. These are great for continuous monitoring but readings are not as accurate because of sensor location. Wrist oximeters are better used as a gauge.
While the science behind a pulse oximeter may sound difficult or confusing, using one shouldn’t be. You’ll want to select a model that is intuitively designed to cater to your specific needs.
So which one will it be? This time...I'll leave the answer up to you :)
A. Finger Pulse Oximeter
B. Wrist Band Pulse Oximeter
C. Handheld Pulse Oximeter
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