How Accurate Are Pulse Oximeters Labeled Not For Medical Use? — The Skeptical Cardiologist

I mentioned in my post entitled “Should You Utilize A Home Pulse Oximeter During COVID-19?” that I had purchased a home pulse oximeter and had used it to monitor my oxygen saturation (SpO2) levels during the time I had COVIDesque symptoms recently. Personally, I felt the device was returning accurate information and was helpful in…

How Accurate Are Pulse Oximeters Labeled Not For Medical Use? — The Skeptical Cardiologist

And if you decide not to read Dr. Pearson’s entire article here’s your take home message:

During my illness I would measure my SpO2 twice daily and at times when I felt short of breath. When I felt the worst I noted the SpO2 had dropped to 95%. Within 24 hours it rebounded and I recorded >96% thereafter.

If the SpO2 had progressively dropped and consistently showed values <90% I would have contacted my primary care physician and described the constellation of signs (pulse rate, respiratory rate, BP, and SpO2) and symptoms (shortness of breath, cough, headache, fatigue, etc.) that I had and seek his advice on what to do

https://theskepticalcardiologist.com/2020/09/12/how-accurate-are-pulse-oximeters-labeled-not-for-medical-use/

I encourage all to read the entire article, links provided above.

Thanks for the research Dr. Pearson.

4 thoughts on “How Accurate Are Pulse Oximeters Labeled Not For Medical Use? — The Skeptical Cardiologist

    • I bought one for my wife who suffers from seasonal allergies and post nasal drip (PND). So she’s coughing, sneezing, gets sore throats. I bought a private label CVS pulse ox for her. It has certainly helped with Covid anxiety. Should you buy one? Can’t hurt to have one.

      • Stocks will be spotty dependent upon your local store/city. At my local CVS several brands were out of stock, two of one brand, and several CVS offerings were available. So for me it was easy to find but you can’t be too picky about the brand.

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