Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal called pulse oximeters as ‘Suraksha-Kavach‘ (protective shield) that have helped to minimise the COVID -19 deaths of patients under home isolation in New Delhi.
So let’s discuss about the pulse oximeter in detail.
What is pulse oximeter?
A pulse oximeter is a small and handy electronic device which is used to monitor the amount of oxygen carried by the blood in the body. This pulse oximeter attaches painlessly to the fingertip and sends two wavelengths of light through the finger to measure the pulse rate and how much oxygen saturated is in your blood. When the oximeter finishes its assessment, its led screen will show the percentage of oxygen in your blood coming from your heart and also show your current pulse rate.
What is Blood Oxygen Saturation (SpO2) ?
SpO2 reading is an estimation of the amount of oxygen present in your blood. The reading of SpO2 of 95% or more than 95% is generally considered to be a normal oxygen level. However, the reading of SpO2 of 92% or less than 92% shows that your blood is poorly saturated with oxygen. This leads to adverse health conditions—including chest pain, shortness of breath and increased heart rate.
What is Pulse Rate ?
Pulse rate is an estimation of the number of times your heart contracts per minute. According to scientific studies, the normal pulse rate for adults is between 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm). Generally, a lower beat rate at rest implies efficient heart function and better cardiovascular strength. For some people, a pulse rate below 60 bpm shows abnormally slow heart action, also known as bradycardia. Bradycardia can cause problematic conditions such as -fainting, fatigue, chest pains and memory problems.
A pulse oximeter helps you monitor your SpO2 and pulse rate within seconds, this device enables you to respond quickly and confidently to abnormal readings. In the COVID-19 scenario, it can be kept at home generally but as a must by people with adverse heart and breathing conditions. Such conditions warrant investment in personal oximeters for in-home use.
Note: SpO2 and pulse rate measurements outside the normal range aren’t always a sign of health problems. For example, your heart rate can be expected to increase during exercise, and oxygen saturation may decrease slightly (it should still remain at 90% or greater). However, it is Avery useful device most affordable and useful life-saving gadget.
How it help you in this COVID-19 situation?
As the coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly the government at most of the places, particularly in Red Zones, are facing scarcity of beds at quarantine centres for infected people as such infected people are quarantined in their own house. When in-home quarantine, this is a beneficial device which helps in identifying the medical emergency in its beginning and curative measures can be initiated immediately.