How to Use a Pulse Oximeter?

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A pulse oximeter is a device that monitors a person’s oxygen saturation level and heart rate. It’s a portable device that professional practitioners and healthcare organizations use frequently. But during the pandemic time, this device has become important for covid infected patients even if they are quarantined or anyone who needs to monitor their oxygen saturation level and heart rate regularly. Let’s check out how to use a pulse oximeter.

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1.Turn on the device and check if the battery of the device is functional.

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2. Clip the device on the middle finger on a toe or even or an earlobe.

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3. Minimize your movements as much as possible while taking readings from the machine.

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4. Don’t wear any kind of nail polish while using a fingertip pulse oximeter.

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5. Use the middle finger of your right hand for the best accuracy. The thumb of the right hand comes as second best in the matter of accuracy of oximeter reading. Other fingers will provide accurate reading also if the device is attached properly.

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