Understanding Wrist Pulse Oximeters And Why You Need One

By Leticia Jensen
Normally, the body responds to low oxygen level in the blood by increasing the pumping rate so as to meet oxygen demand by the brain, muscles and other organs. This means that the faster than normal heart beat is an indication of inadequate oxygen supply. In order to determine how much oxygen is in blood at any given time, wrist pulse oximeters can be very useful.

Hospitals depends on specific oximeters (devices used to determine the level of oxygen in blood) designed for this purpose. In fact, this is one of the first tests you are taken through for any medical checkup purpose. With understanding of just how important to keep track of oxygen level in blood, this device has been able to find its place in our houses.

The device is designed with multiple sensors and as such is attached to the wrist with the sensor over the finger. It is very small and light in weight with Bluetooth connectivity and is won like a ring. It therefore transmits data to a computer or cell phone as long as it has software to manage data. This means that you will need to buy software along with the device.

The device is ideal to a big category of patients and non patients alike. If your medical condition demands that you keep track of oxygen level in blood system, then this is a device that you cannot afford to miss. It collects data from periodic measurements and give a more conclusive and accurate results in form of averages. Although it can still give spot check results, it is not best for this purpose.

The readings are given in percentages and the normal level range from 95% to 98%. For many reasons, the percentages can be lower than normal without any course of alarm. However, when the readings are below 90%, there are all reasons to worry. This calls for finding ways to increase oxygen intake so as to facilitate normal cell functioning and of course proper breathing. In order to properly work, the heat beat must be strong enough and there should be no movement as this hinders it working.

It obviously has many advantages as compared to other oximeters. It is very portable and works well when walking or engaged in another activity, it is better when it comes to memory storage and make continuous monitoring very easy. With ease in operation, there is no better oximeter that anyone can recommend to you than this.

They are however limited when it comes to alarms. They are primarily used sleep screening and this does not allow for alarms. Although they are still good when it comes to spot checks, the table top, finger held or hand held versions are better with spot checks. They also depend on light and will require that no other strong light is present as this can affect readings. It is also better for more readings to obtain more conclusive results.

This is the ultimate home remedy for continuous monitoring of oxygen level in blood. The measurement if given in percentage with the normal level being anywhere from 95% to 98% although anything less may not be a course for worry as this depends on many factors. When the reading is below 90%, it is time to look for medical advice.

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