Oximeters or pulse oximeters are medical devices used to measure the oxygen levels in a person's blood. They are designed to measure oxygen saturation and heart rate in adults, children, and infants. In particular, for the measurement of blood oxygen saturation in children or infants, it is recommended to use palm pulse oximeters with the corresponding pediatric or infantile sensor.
They are non-invasive devices that are attached to the tip of a person's finger or earlobe and measure oxygen saturation levels, as well as the heart rate. Oximeters are used both for personal use and for use in a doctor's office or intensive care unit to monitor patients with respiratory disease or injury.
The use of an oximeter can help monitor oxygen saturation levels in the blood. This can be beneficial for people with respiratory conditions, such as COPD and asthma, who need to monitor their oxygen levels. It can help identify any changes in oxygen saturation levels, which may be an indication of an underlying condition or a worsening of a pre-existing condition.
Oximeters can also help detect any signs of hypoxia, i.e. when the oxygen level in the blood is lower than normal. Hypoxia can be very dangerous and can lead to serious complications such as brain damage. By using a pulse oximeter to monitor blood oxygen levels, any signs of hypoxia can be detected early and treated immediately.
It is important to ensure that the device is correctly positioned. This means that the oximeter should be placed at the tip of the patient's finger or earlobe, with the light source pointing towards the tissue. In addition, the patient should have clean and dry skin, as moisture or dirt on the skin can affect the accuracy of the device.
All oximeters have the necessary EU certifications, as well as CE marking.