Best Pulse Oximeters for Coronavirus
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 | Paul
Coronavirus can cause serious lung damage, so it can be very worrying if you start to feel ill. Luckily, there is a way you can monitor your lung health from home.
Pulse oximeters measure the body's oxygen levels (or oxygen saturation levels), so you can seek medical attention at the first signs of concern. To help you out, we've compiled this list of some of the most reliable pulse oximeters on the market.
How Do Pulse Oximeters Work?
Taking a reading with a pulse oximeter is simple: the device clamps onto your finger, earlobe or toe and passes small beams of light through your blood. As oxygenated and deoxygenated blood absorb different amounts of light, the pulse oximeter can use this process to ascertain whether your levels are within a healthy range (typically 95 - 100%).
Our Best Pulse Oximeter for Coronavirus
DeVilbiss HbO-Smart Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
The DeVilbiss HbO-Smart Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is our pick for the all-round best pulse oximeter for coronavirus. Not only does it measure your oxygen saturation within an range of 70 - 99%, it also allows you to check if your pulse is in a healthy range (60 to 100 beats per minute). Thanks to its extra clear OLED screen and option of four different displays, taking readings couldn't be easier. As one of the most cost-efficient options on our list, it offers fantastic value for money.
The Best Pulse Oximeter for Home Use
Nonin Onyx Vantage 9590 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
Due to the versatility of the Nonin Onyx Vantage 9590 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, it is a great choice for patients monitoring their symptoms as home. It is suitable for use on children as well as adults, has a screen that can be read in all kinds of lighting, and can even deliver results in the event of low perfusion or movement. Some pulse oximeters also have difficulty returning accurate results when used on darker skin tones, but with the Nonin Onyx Vantage 9590 Fingertip Pulse Oximeter this won't be an issue.
The Best Pulse Oximeter for Frequent Monitoring
Merlin Medical M-Pulse Finger Pulse Oximeter
For those who need to monitor their symptoms more frequently, the Merlin Medical M-Pulse Finger Pulse Oximeter is a must. Capable of 30 hours of continuous use with the 2 x AAA batteries provided, the oximeter is designed for lower power consumption, so it won't run out even if you take several readings a day. The display brightness can also be dimmed, so you won't disturb a partner if used during the night.
The Best Pulse Oximeter for Travel
Timesco C19 Durable Fingertip Pulse Oximeter
The Timesco C19 Durable Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is a resilient, easy-to-read pulse oximeter, perfect for travel. Its one-colour LED screen is easy to read quickly and accurately, and even features a visual depiction of the heartbeat for faster comprehension. Supplied with a protective rubber sleeve and a lanyard, it is great for use in busy medical settings, but is just as appropriate for on-the-go personal use.
When Should I Use a Pulse Oximeter?
There is no doubt that coronavirus poses a significant risk to our population's health. While the majority of those infected only experience mild illness, others have developed far more serious respiratory conditions, or even respiratory failure. To protect ourselves from such complications, it can help to keep a close eye on our respiratory function if we start to come down with symptoms, including:
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With these pulse oximeters, you can relax knowing you can keep an eye on your health. Whichever you choose, you'll be able to access quick, accurate information about your body's functioning whenever you need it. If you'd like more respiratory support, take a look at our range of Breathing Apparatus.
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