You may need an oximeter if you are undergoing quarantine at home.
This small device helps detect your oxygen saturation level and it keeps you informed of the oxygen level in your blood. It is essential in tracking your Covid-19 progress too.
With this small device, you can quickly detect if you need to be warded to the hospital.
The oximeter is a non-invasive device that uses only about 2 minutes to get an accurate reading. It uses infrared light and red light to detect levels of haemoglobin in your blood, typically through a translucent part of the body such as a fingertip.
An ideal blood oxygen level is between 95% and 100%, while an ideal heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm).
As important as it is, there are reports worldwide that fake pulse oximeters were being sold to customers. Unfortunately, these fake oximeters may give you false or inaccurate readings, which can cause danger to the Covid-19 patient.
Having that said, Malaysians are advised by the Medical Device Authority (MDA) to only purchase products approved by them.
While the gadget is sold online, MDA said that these devices that measures medical parameters must be registered too.
As for the convenience of the consumers, MDA had on its official website enable consumers to verify if the device they bought is legit. It can be accessed on the ‘Registered Medical Device Search’ on the MDA website.
In the search box, simply enter the name, brand, registration number, or company name and you’ll be able to check if the product you are going to purchase is certified.
Visit the Registered Medical Device Search here.
Apart from having a genuine medical device, you’ll need to make sure you use the pulse oximeter correctly too.
Simply follow these steps to get an accurate reading:
- Make sure you don’t have nail paints or henna on your finger.
- Make sure that your hands are at normal temperature, warm them a film if you feel they’re cold.
- Rest and make your body relaxed before putting on the pulse oximeter.
- Place the pulse oximeter on your index or middle finger.
- Place your hand on your chest near your heart and try reducing hand movement
- Keep the pulse oximeter on your finger for at least a minute, till the reading stabilises.
- Record the highest reading that flashes on the oximeter after it has established after 5 seconds.
If you are still confused about how to get the best reading, here’s a video from the National Health Service of England, guiding you step by step to use the pulse oximeter at home: