Should you keep a pulse oximeter at home?

Here are the things to keep in mind before buying a pulse oximeter.

The pandemic has got people worried and when the lockdown was announced initially, people started to hoard essentials. One unusual thing that was also swept off the shelves was oximeter. As soon as the list of symptoms for COVID-19 was released, people noticed that low oxygen saturation in the blood is one of the prominent symptoms. So does that mean everyone should have an oximeter at home during this pandemic? Let’s find out. 

Source- Business Insider India

Functions of a pulse oximeter 

The pulse oximeter is a device that is clipped to the patient’s finger and determines the oxygen saturation in red blood cells and heart rate. It is useful for people who have lung diseases and experience shortness of breath frequently. Although, people may not be able to self-assess it helps keep a check on the oxygen levels. This however does not serve as an alternative to a doctor’s medical opinion. 

Reasons to buy a pulse oximeter 

If it weren’t for this pandemic, people would not have thought of keeping a pulse oximeter at home. It is only beneficial for people who have lung disease and are told to keep a check on their oxygen saturation levels. Doctors have advised keeping a check on other COVID-19 symptoms apart from shortness of breath. People who are experiencing symptoms can make use of this device for monitoring purposes. 

How to use a pulse oximeter

If you decide to buy the device then know that oxygen levels between 95 to 97 percent are normal. If the levels are shown below 90 percent then you should see a doctor. 

Here is everything you need to know before buying a pulse oximeter. It is not necessary for you to purchase one as you can also look out for other COVID-19 symptoms but if you suffer from any lung diseases then you can definitely benefit from its purchase during this time.