Home Pulse Oximetry To Monitor SpO2 at Home
Pulse oximetry is a way to ascertain an estimate of the oxygen content of your red blood cells, thereby measuring your oxygen and estimated perfusion status. Pulse oximetry used to be a test reserved for your physician's office, however, now there are a variety of high-quality pulse oximetry monitors available for home healthcare use. I recently had the opportunity to review the Concord Emerald Fingertip Pulse Oximeter and was pleasantly surprised with my experience. This pulse oximeter comes in a cool neon green color and has a free carrying case and lanyard included. It also has a silicone overlay to absorb shock in the event that the pulse ox is dropped. The lanyard is nice because it can be worn around the neck for quick and convenient access, or the lanyard can be left dangling outside of a purse or bag for quick access.
If you have any adult or child at home with a chronic respiratory condition, your physician may recommend that you purchase a home. Similar so that you can measure your own oxygenation status at home without the inconvenience of a trip to your physician. It is important that you are educated as to what a pulse oximeter will and will not read. For example, a pulse oximeter can easily be fooled by carbon monoxide because carbon monoxide as a higher affinity to your hemoglobin and oxygen does. Paul's oximeter is can also be easily fooled by people with poor distal circulation and those with poor perfusion in general. Otherwise, a home pulse ox is a great tool to help keep track of and manage your respiratory condition.
Concord Emerald Pulse Oximeter For Home Health Care Use
The Concord Emerald Pulse Oximeter uses three AAA batteries. It has an estimated 30 hours of continuous use on one set of AAA batteries, although I think I've used mine for quite a bit longer. I like the clear, easy to read digital display that shows me the SpO2 reading and heart rate at the same time. I found the heart rate reading to be accurate within 2 beats from a manual pulse measurement, which is pretty good for a home pulse ox. It also has a generous two year warranty, which is a nice thing to have to protect your investment.
One of the features that I like most about this product is that it shuts off automatically after eight seconds, which helps to preserve the battery life. I always keep a spare set of batteries around just in case, but it's nice to have anyway, as batteries can be costly. I recommend using high quality brand name batteries as opposed to generic ones; they usually last longer and perform better.
My conclusion? This is a great pulse ox if you're looking to buy one for home health care use. Of course, be sure to speak with your physician prior to interpreting any results that you may get. You may also find it useful to change out your batteries more often to help ensure accurate readings. When you do visit your physician, it's a great idea to bring your pulse ox with you to check your reading against the reading that your physician obtains. This will help ensure that you are continuing to enjoy the ease and convenience of fast, accurate results in your home. The price of this little gem is more than reasonable, considering what you get. I'd recommend this one for children or adults who require home pulse oximetry monitoring.