A pulse oximeter is a device used in healthcare units to measure the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. It is a simple yet important medical equipment that checks if the oxygen level in the blood is within a healthy range. The ideal range is 88-92%. However, if the level falls below this ideal zone, your lungs begin to narrow down restricting blood flow into the lungs. At this juncture, the heart experiences a significant amount of stress as it is forced to work much harder to oxygenate the body.
Low oxygen levels in the blood can result in other complications such as polycythemia, which is the surplus production of red blood cells. This can hurt brain function and can take a hit on mood, speech, and memory as well. There are other symptoms that signal the need to track your oxygen level in the blood, which are anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, chronic headaches and increased heart rate. There are several portable hand-held pulse oximeter available in the market right now. These devices help you keep an eye on your blood oxygen level by checking the value several times a day.
The manner in which a pulse oximeter works is simple. Blood has the property of absorbing red and infrared light at varying concentrations depending upon the oxygen level present in that location. Well-oxygenated blood has the tendency to absorb more infrared light and blood lacking oxygen absorbs more red light. Having said that, the pulse oximeter uses the above-discussed concept to test the levels of oxygen in the blood. The instrument is usually attached to the finger, earlobe or toe and the unit emits both types of light. Both infrared and red light passes through the appendage and is captured by the photodetector present at the other end. This photodetector will measure the ratio of red to infrared light which is then converted into the saturation level of oxygen in the blood. For patients recovering from accidents or chronic diseases that left them totally incapacitated, it is a must to record the oxygen level in the blood at regular intervals.
Most people suffer from lack of blood oxygen level due to poor dieting and lack of exercise. Due to these reasons, our cells become oxygen-deprived and this in turn weakens our entire immune system. Increased oxygen helps in improved metabolism. If we maintain a control over our diet, go to bed early and regularise exercising, we no longer have to rely on artificial energy boosters.
It is however important that you consult a doctor frequently to make sure your health is on a constant check. It is the advanced medical equipment and experienced medical care that together provides the best health care for any patient. AKAS Medical is an ISO 9001:2000 certified medical equipment manufacturer. We manufacture lightweight and tabletop pulse oximeter that is suitable for all types of patients. We also make sure that the pulse oximeter we build comes with a longer battery backup and Large LED display. We also have expertise in manufacturing critical care equipment such as syringe pumps, infusion pumps, and patient monitors. You can contact us anytime if you require critical care equipment for your healthcare unit.