How to use a pulse oximeter correctly for monitoring oxygen saturation


Amid the COVID-19 crisis, doctors are advising patients to take measures to keep their oxygen saturation in check before running to the hospital, claiming a lot of them could be cured if they follow appropriate medical advise while being in home isolation.

To check oxygen saturation, COVID-19 patients can use a pulse oximeter to monitor oxygen levels on their own. But before using it, one should know how to use it correctly.

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan recently shared a video that explains some things one needs to keep in mind before using an oximeter:

*Rest for 10-15 mins before taking measurements
*Rest a hand on the chest and hold still
*Place the oximeter on the middle or index finger
*Keep it in the same place till the reading is stable
*Register the highest result once the reading has been stabilised
*Identify the reading carefully
*Start recording from the baseline and record thrice a day unless you notice any changes in your health
*Consult a medical professional in case of breathlessness or dip in oxygen levels to 93 per cent or less

Watch the video:

Doctors also advise trying the prone position in case of a dip in the oxygen levels. Here’s how you can do it.

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