What is a Pulse Oximeter?
A Pulse Oximeter is a device used to perform the diagnostic procedure known as Pulse Oximetry.
Pulse Oximetry is a way to determine the percentage of haemoglobin (Hb) that is saturated with oxygen.
This oxygen saturation (SpO2) measurement is an estimate of how much oxygen the blood is carrying as a percentage of the maximum it could carry and is sometimes referred to colloquially as the "sats" reading.
It is a non-invasive technique which means there’s no need to actually take a sample of blood to perform the procedure, so there’s No Fuss and No Pain.
Handheld Pulse Oximeters vary tremendously in design, size, appearance and price.
Fingertip Pulse Oximeters are the smallest and generally the cheapest but fundamentally all of them perform the same basic function of displaying the oxygen saturation and pulse rate measurements.
The manner in which this information is needed to be presented, analysed, stored or relayed for assessment or intervention will dictate the type of pulse oximeter you require.
The choice can be daunting but we hope that you will find all the answers you need within these web pages. If you need any guidance, please feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail.