Respiratory diseases in children are on the rise due to the environment they breathe in at home and at school. Symptoms of some of these conditions are coughing, nasal congestion, and wheezing. An eight year study at the University of California showed that 60% of respiratory allergy problems in children origins from second hand smoke, even though they breathe 100% clean air at home. In an effort to help prevent the symptoms they experience from exposure to second hand smoke, children should have a respiratory infection and a pulse oximeter is a helpful tool to measure their oxygen saturation and pulse rate.
A pulse oximeter, also known as a pulse ox by some medical professionals, is a medical device used to measure the blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate of an individual. It is portable, and you can carry it with you to all your wellness appointments, business trips, and leisure time.
How does a pulse oximeter work?
The process of using the device is very simple. You simply press the Start button to turn it on, and then you simply place your finger inside the device and press the button close to the pulse area. The oximeter will then reading your oxygen saturation level and pulse rate. After you have pressed the Start button, it will begin measuring the saturation level and pulse rate.
What are some of the benefits of a pulse oximeter?
One of the most important benefits of a pulse oximeter is that it is non-invasive. Since it does not require you to make a doctor’s incision, you can simply pop the settings, stick it on your finger, and then check it in for a reading within seconds. In addition, there is no need for a refill of the pulse oximeter. It promptly gives back the readings to you, saving you time and stress.
Since the users of the device will be mostly children, it comes with a simple liner that is waterproof. A friend of mine who owns a Peninsula crane company dropped his in a lake while working and pulled it out and it still worked! This means you can easily clean the device and use it at a local pool, at the gym, at a local rock climbing gym, at your home, or at school. It is also easy to transport the pulse oximeter, and you won’t have to worry about transferring it from one location to another.
The advantages of a pulse oximeter are:
a) Eliminating errors in readings: Pulse oximeters are used to reduce errors in readings, which eliminates the need for guesswork from patients.
b) Higher accuracy: Pulse oximeters have the ability to give readings that are within a dot of standard deviation, which means they are much more accurate than traditional readings.
c) Comfortable: A pulse oximeter is one of the most comfortable digital readings devices available on the market today.
d) portability: The oximeter is small enough to fit easily in pockets, purses, and lunch bags. With wide platforms and standard electronics, it is available in a colorful array of designs.
Now that you know how they work, and have a few questions, talk with your doctor about using one. It is a great tool to help you monitor your health.