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Pulse Oximeters - How to Use It Properly

Pulse Oximeters - How to Use It Properly

If you’re a newbie to using a pulse oximeter device, then you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we’ll discuss how to use your pulse oximeter properly to better manage your health. Keep reading to learn how to use your pulse oximeter properly. 

What Does My Pulse Oximeter Do? 

Before we jump into explaining how to use the device, we will briefly discuss how the pulse oximeter works and what exactly it measures. A pulse oximeter is a device that you clip onto your finger that will measure the oxygen level (oxygen saturation) of the blood. The pulse oximeter uses an infrared light source and sensor to interpret the color of the blood via the amount of light absorbed. This produces a number which is the percentage of oxygen in the blood compared to the maximum account that can be carried. 

What Is Considered a Normal Oxygen Saturation Level? 

A normal oxygen saturation level falls in the range of 95% to 100%. If your percentage falls below this range, it is considered below normal and called hypoxemia. If you have a health condition such as COPD or heart disease, your numbers may be lower than the normal range. Your doctor will discuss what numbers are considered acceptable when it comes to your blood oxygen levels. 

How to Use My Pulse Oximeter Properly? 

To ensure an accurate reading, follow the steps below: 

  1. Follow your doctor’s recommendation on how often to measure your oxygen levels and when. 
  2. Remove any nail polish or artificial nails before clipping on the pulse oximeter as they may prevent the device from providing an accurate reading or a result at all. 
  3. Make sure your hand is warm and relaxed. Rest your hand on your chest at the level of your heart and hold it still. 
  4. Turn on the pulse oximeter and clip it on your finger (your middle or index finger will work). 
  5. Keep the pulse oximeter in place until it provides you with a steady reading. 
  6. Record the reading and the date and time of the reading so you can easily keep track of changes and provide the results to your doctor. 
  7. Carefully write down the oxygen level and pulse rate numbers to avoid confusing the two results. 

Find the Pulse Oximeter You Need 

We carry a variety of pulse oximeters that you can order on our website. If you have any questions about which one to choose, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts! We’re here to help. Contact us online via live chat, email, contact form or call us at 888-606-8778