How to Read A Pulse Oximeter 👩🏼‍⚕️ 👨🏼‍⚕️

How to Read A Pulse Oximeter 👩🏼‍⚕️ 👨🏼‍⚕️

You just got your new PULSE OXIMETER, now what? 🤔

👩🏽‍⚕️ Here is a quick guide to walk you through the whole process and everything you need to know!

Most pulse oximeters will give you the following information

1. Oxygen saturation level -  is a measure of how much oxygen your red blood cells are carrying

2. Pulse rate - is your heart rate or the number of times your heart beats in one minute. 

Now how do you know if everything is normal? 

According to the Mayo Clinic, normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent.

Values under 90 percent are considered low and indicate the need for supplemental oxygen.

While the pulse rate for adults over the age of 10 years, including older adults, is between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm)

How to read your PULSE OXIMETER 

This is what the normal pulse oximeter shows, although there may be some variation depending on which model you have. 

Basically all oximeters will show you the saturation and pulse rate along with the battery indicator. 

Above you will see the word %SP02, this is your Oxygen saturation level. 

Below the %SPO2 you have the PR BPM which means Pulse Rate Beats Per Minute. 

Using the photo this means that the patient has a 98% oxygen saturation level and 68 Beats per minute, which means for our example photo all the results are normal. 

But always remember the accuracy of this device always depends on two things

First, make sure you buy your pulse oximeter from a reliable source

Here is a link to buy great quality oximeters at 50% off*

Second, once you have your device always use good batteries, as low battery levels can affect the results. 

🚨  That's it! You now have the knowledge to handle and read a pulse oximeter, don't forget that if any results are lower than normal contact your emergency hotline ASAP! 🚑

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