Simultaneously reads SPO2 and pulse
Clear LED display
Switches on and off at the touch of a button
30+ hours continuous use per change of batteries
Low battery warning
Portable and lightweight
Requires 2 x AAA 1.5v alkaline batteries (not included). Read the accompanying manual before use.
As a supporting tool for Oxygen Advantage® breathing exercises:
The Oxygen Advantage® program teaches light, slow and deep breathing to a rate of six breaths per minute to improve blood oxygen saturation. A pulse oximeter can be helpful in assessing progress with this practice.
In the exercises simulating high altitude training, breath holding to achieve strong air hunger is used to expose the body to short-term stress. This causes the body to make beneficial adaptations that improve immune system function. Breath holding enhances mental resilience and tolerance to breathlessness, and significantly reduces exercise-induced asthma. For these exercises it is valuable to use a pulse oximeter to monitor the temporary drop in SPO2 to between 80 and 87%.
For home monitoring
The London Medical Committees recommend pulse oximeters for patients with Covid-19, to enable accurate home-monitoring and to inform clinical decisions 2.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that people with symptoms of Covid-19 are presenting without breathlessness but are found to be hypoxic when pulse oximetry is tested.
Research has shown that home pulse oximetry monitoring can identify the need for hospitalization in patients whose Covid-19 is initially non-severe, and it can avoid unnecessary ER visits. In a study published in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, half of patients who ended up hospitalized had SpO2 less than 92% without worsening symptoms 3.