Oximetry is a painless & non-invasive test, allowing us to measure our level
of oxygen saturation in blood. It quickly analyzes the efficiency at which
oxygen is delivered to parts of the body ( far from heart ) such as the fingers.
Oxygen saturation should generally be greater than 95%.
However, it varies from person to person. If you have respiratory disease
or a heart disease you will have less than 95% oxygen saturation.
The pulse oximeter is a small pliers that we place on a finger, the screen will display
two statistics: the pulse rate (the heartbeat by
minute) and the oxygen saturation in the blood.
The result obtained might be distorted if the sensor is incorrectly positioned, if you
have high blood pressure, anemia, hypothermia, if the oximeter is too small for your
finger or if you move during the analysis ...
Your pulse oximeter should not replace a doctor's check. It simply allows
monitoring your oxygenation (and detecting a possible drop in oxygen). In
case of symptoms (shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, etc.) you must request a
medical advice even if your oximeter shows that all is well.