Covid ALERT! THIS is the RIGHT way to use Pulse Oximeter - Check if you are on the right track
How to use oximeter correctly: Breathlessness and shortage of oxygen have caused serious damage and are among the major reasons that have left people gasping for breath and also caused fatality.
Breathlessness and shortage of oxygen have caused serious damage and are among the major reasons that have left people gasping for breath and also caused fatality. In these difficult times, if has become imperative to detect oxygen saturation level in body at the right time to avoid any untoward incident. This has made pulse oximeter a must device to keep in every home to monitor one's oxygen level regularly. Though oximeter has saw a huge demand and now most of the households have it at their own home, but are they using it right? Well, to help people use oximeter in a right manner, the Ministry of information and broadcasting has issued a guide. You need to follow seven steps to ensure that your pulse oximeter takes correct reading.
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Let's have a look at these steps:
1 Rest for 10-15 minutes before using the oximeter
2. Keep your hand still on the chest, at heart level
3. Place the device on middle or index finger
4. Check the reading once it is stabilised
5. If you feel healthy, check your oxygen at least twice a day.
6. If you have Covid 19 symptoms, check your oxygen saturation level every 6 hours
7. if your oxygen is below 94%, please contact your doctor
Meanwhile, in some relief, India saw a decline in Coronavirus cases on Tuesday, May 18, however, the fatalities rose in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry's data.
As per the ministry's data on Tuesday morning, there were 2,63,533 new infections, alongside 4,329 coronavirus-related casualties, which notably is India's highest single-day rise in COVID-19 deaths.
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