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Finger Pulse Oximeter Reviews March 2013- 27 pulse oximeters from $20 to $270 have been reviewed, an image index has been added of all finger pulse oximeters. The index includes Octive Tech, Nonin, Contec, Choice Med, BCI, SPO, Drive, Prince Finger, and several other smaller oximeter brands.

After monitoring finger pulse oximeters and maintaining this webpage for over four years now I have come to the conclusion only a few pulse oximeter features really matter to readers. The pulse oximeter features readers are interested in have been displayed in the form of a poll on this page to help show what features are actually available and what the most sought after feature currently is. Hopefully the poll will help others with their pulse oximeter selection. The index of all fingertip oximeters follows the poll.

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Price and accuracy seem to be a big factor when purchasing a finger pulse oximeter. So it would be reasonable to ask, what's the difference between low, medium, and high priced finger pulse oximeters in terms of accuracy? To explain what the difference is, we'll look at the following oximeters based on the use on an ambulance service for a six month period:

OT-99 $22-$23 price range. The lowest priced oximeter currently available

Octive Tech 300C $40-$60 price range. A medium low priced oximeter.

CMS-50E $115-$130 price Range. A medium high priced oximeter.

Nonin 9590 Onyx $170-$180 price range. A high priced oximeter.

Six OT-99's were purchased for use at an ambulance company. The units were functional; however, their SpO2 reliability was not good if patients were moving or had poor extremity circulation. Within the first week the springs in half of the units needed to be reattached, which requires forceps, steady hands, and lots of patients. Additionally, there was a problem with the tabs breaking off the battery cover. Within six months of purchase, half of the OT-99's were no longer operational. In the OT-99's defense, it is not designed for heavy use, which is how they were utilized. The OT-99 would be sufficient for infrequent use in a controlled environment.

Two Octive Tech 300C oximeters were purchased for use. The units were functional and maintained their functionality for six months. The 300C SpO2 reading was fairly reliable during poor extremity use and was still able to maintain a good signal during minor to moderate movement of a bed bound individual. Structurally the units stayed intact without any cracks in the casing, spring detachment or spring wear. The 300C unit provided good service in controlled environments. Problems resulted when the unit was used during movement such as vibrations while attempting to use the oximeter in a moving vehicle.

One CMS-50 E was purchased for use. Overall, the CMS 50 E had more features than other finger oximeters. The CMS 50 E performs the basic functions of heart rate and SpO2; additionally, it can record and save readings for trending, has low SpO2 alarm capability, and pleth waveform for identifying signal quality. Data from the oximeter can be viewed real time on a computer screen, and also printed out in reports .The battery rechargeable. Durability was on par with the 300C.

One Nonin 9590 Onyx was purchased for use. The Onxy line of oximeters by Nonin is meant for the active user. In terms of testing for accuracy and durability, no finger oximeter has been tested more in formal tests. Although this test was not as scientific as others, the results were the same. As far as motion and low extremity profusion were concerned, reading from the Onyx were the most reliable. After six months no sign of wear was noticed on the oximeter. The layout of the display is simple and clearly shows heart rate and SpO2 levels with a red/yellow/green indicator for signal quality. One thing the Onyx lacks is additional features like the CMS 50 E; however, the reliability of the finger oximeter makes up for what it lacks in features.

To answer an ongoing question readers have asked, "Tell us about the accuracy", here is the answer. Accuracy is relative. If you just want to go with tested accuracy in a controlled environment with no outside factors, all units are tested to within plus or minus 2%; however, if you are looking for real world performance, finger oximeters will vary greatly. Ambient light, vibrations, movement, perfusion, and light quality will all play a factor. As far as accuracy goes, I personally like Nonin Oximeters more than other brands. The company has spent the time to test their oximeter technology, and it shows in the quality of their finger oximeters. As far as the FDA approved label on many of the oximeters, it does not dictate overall quality it simple means the unit is similar to other units previously tested by the FDA

The Best Features of Fingertip Oximeters Vote December 2012

Several readers have asked "Why isn't accuracy part of your poll?". Initially Accuracy was listed within the poll options. The results showed that everyone was looking for accuracy with no other options being selected .When the poll was republished the following month, accuracy was left out since it was a given that everyone would want an accurate product. After all, if an oximeter does not give an accurate reading, nothing else really matters, so the poll now reflects what readers are looking for aside from just accuracy.

Vote for the most important feature in a finger oximeter

  • Data Storage and Transfer Capability
  • Durability
  • Brand Reputation
  • Style and Colors
  • Price
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Why are you looking for a pulse oximeter?

  • I would like to purchase a pulse oximeter for home healthcare monitoring
  • I would like to purchase a pulse oximeter for avionics or sports
  • I would like to purchase a pulse oximeter for work as a healthcare professional
  • Just researching pulse oximeters
  • I need help with the pulse oximeter I own!!
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What type of Pulse Oximeter are you interested in?

  • Finger Pulse Oximeter
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`Nonin Onyx-2 Digital Finger Pulse Oximeter

• Nonin Onyx II Made in USA

• ComplianceFDA 510(K) #K001085 & ISO 10993

• Literature Comparison study--- Brochure

• Customer / Technical service 1-(800) 356-8874

• Screen LED able to read in all light condition

• Display SpO, Pulse Rate, Pulse quality indicator

• Latex

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digits

• Temperature Operating 32 F to 104 F Storage -22 F to 122 F

• Altitude Up to 40,000 feet or 4 atmospheres

• Humidity 10-90% non-condensing

• Power Source 2AA batteries

• Battery Life Approximately 1,600 spot checks

The Nonin Onyx 9550 finger oximeter is an improved version of the Nonin Onyx 9500 finger oximeter. Like the Onyx 9500, the Onyx 9550 oximeter carries the US Army and US Air Force aero medical certification for use in helicopters. The certification helps to validate the quality and ruggedness of the Nonin Onyx finger pulse oximeter units. To advise the user of pulse quality, the Onyx 9500 finger oximeter has a red, yellow, green pulse quality indicator. Although the oximeter technology appears to be the same as the onyx 9500 oximeter, the design of the onyx 9550 has been improved upon. The overall size is more compact than the Onyx 9500 oximeter. The spring

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for the 9550's finger clip is enclosed within the oximeter instead of wrapping around the oximeter like the Onyx 9500. Increasing visibility, the LED display of the Onyx9550 finger oximeter is wider. The internal spring the Onyx 9550 has also allows for batteries to be changed easier than the 9500 finger oximeter.

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Nonin Medair OxyCheck Digital Finger Pulse Oximeter

• Nonin Medair Oxycheck Made in Sweden

• Compliance ISO 10993-1, IPX2 water ingress test

• Customer / Technical service 1-(877)577-2638

• Screen LCD

• Display SpO2, Pulse Rate, Bar Graph Pulse Strength

• Latex Information not available

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digits & less than 70% unspecified

• Temperature Operating 32 to 104 F Storage -22 to 122 F

• Altitude Up to 40,000 feet

• Humidity 10% to 95% non-condensing

• Power Source 2 AAA batteries

• Battery Life 1600 Spot Checks 18 hours continuous

The OxyCheck is manufactured by MedAir, another subsidiary of Nonin. Like all Nonin products, the Oxycheck has been extensively tested. Given the small size of all finger oximeters, dropping the unit is one of the main causes of damage. The OxyCheck is tested for durability and is able to survive drops from one meter. The Oxycheck is capable of obtaining result in under 10 seconds. To save power, the OxyCheck turns on with finger insertion and off when the finger is removed from the unit. Price range for the OxyCheck was between $297 -$186.

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Amazon.com had one of the lowest prices.

Sportstat Pulse Oximeter

• Made in USA

• ComplianceFDA 510(K) #K001085 & ISO 10993

• Customer / Technical service 1-(800) 356-8874

• Screen LED able to read in all light condition

• Display SpO, Pulse Rate, Pulse quality indicator

• Latex

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digits

• Temperature Operating 32 F to 104 F Storage -22 F to 122 F

• Altitude Up to 40,000 feet or 4 atmospheres

• Humidity 10-90% non-condensing

• Power Source 2AA batteries

• Battery Life

Approximately 1,600 spot checks

The Sport Stat pulse oximeter was a non-medical use oximeter produced by Nonin and was designed for use by sports enthusiasts. Although the pulse oximeter is still available in some stores,

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Nonin has discontinued manufacturing the Sport Stat. When Nonin created the GO2, the Sport Stat pulse oximeter became obsolete. The GO2 oximeter is comparable in capability; however, it is more affordable.

FlightStat Digital Fingertip Pulse Oximeter

• Made in USA

• ComplianceFDA 510(K) #K001085 & ISO 10993

• Customer / Technical service 1-(800) 356-8874

• Screen LED able to read in all light condition

• Display SpO, Pulse Rate, Pulse quality indicator

• Latex

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digits

• Temperature Operating 32 F to 104 F Storage -22 F to 122 F

• Altitude Up to 40,000 feet or 4 atmospheres

• Humidity 10-90% non-condensing

• Power Source 2AA batteries

• Battery Life Approximately 1,600 spot checks

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• Made in USA

• Compliance ISO 9001: ISO 13485: EN60601 (IEC60601-1): CAN/CSA 601.1: CAN/CSA NRTL/C

• Literature Comparison study--- Brochure

• Customer / Technical service 1-(800)387-4346

• Screen LED Red

• Display SpO2, Pulse Rate, Bar Graph Pulse Strength

• Latex No Latex

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digits <70% unspecified

• Temperature Operating 32 F to 131 F Storage -40 F to 167 F

• Altitude

• Humidity 10-95% storage 15-95% operating

• Power Source 2 AAA batteries

• Battery Life Approximately 1400 spot checks or 16 hour continuous

The BCI oximeter is made in the USA and carries a 2 year manufacturer's warranty. Smiths Medical is the parent company of the BCI digit finger oximeter brand. Smiths Medical is well known in the medical community for other brands such as: Jelco, Deltec, Cozmore, and CADD. As a whole Smiths well entrenched presence as a supplier to hospitals and medical offices speaks for their equipment's reliability. Built in a rugged polycarbonate shell with four enclosed springs, the BCI can be used to measure pediatric and adult patients. The BCI oximeter has an easy to use one touch keypad. To conserve power the unit shuts down in 8 seconds when not in use and is equipped with a low-battery indicator which will flash when remaining battery life reachs 30 minutes.

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Only 6 product reviews could be found; however, all reviews were positive. Price range on the internet was between $275.54 -$ 198. The best price for the BCI digit fingertip oximeter was from Clinical Guard, when factoring the free shipping. You can go to Clinical Guard by clicking on the picture.

Choice Med - MD300C12- 2yr Warranty

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Concord Emerald Finger Pulse Oximeter with free carrying case, lanyard and protective cover

• Choice Med MD300C12 Made in China

• ComplianceResearching

• Literature Not Found Online

• Screen Red LED

• Display SpO2, PR, and Bargraph

• Latex Unknown

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 3 digits <70% unspecified

• Temperature Operating 10 to 40 C and Storage -20 to 55 C

• Altitude Operating up to 70-106kpa

• Humidity Operating 35-80% and Storage 10-100%

• Power Source 2 AAA batteries

• Battery Life Unknown

Choice Med - MD300C13 - 2yr Warranty

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Finger Pulse Oximeter MD300C13N FREE Pouche

• CHOICE MED 300C13 Made in China

• Compliance CE FDA and Health Canada ppproved

• Literature Not Found

• Screen LED

• Display spo2, PR, bargraph

• Latex Not found

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 3 digits <70% unspecified

• Temperature Operating 5 to 40 C and Storage -10 to 40 C

• Altitude Not Found

• Humidity Operating 15-80% and Storage 10-80%

• Power Source 2 AAA batteries

• Battery Life 30 hours

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Choice Med - MD300C201 - Free Shipping - 2yr Warranty

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Concord BlackOx Fingertip Pulse Oximeter with Carrying Case

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• Choice Med MD300C201 Made in China

• ComplianceResearching

• Literature Not Found

• Screen OLED, 2 dislpay modes, 10 brightness levels

• Display SpO2, PR, and Bargraph

• Latex No Latex

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 3 digits <70% unspecified

• Temperature Operating 5 to 40 C and Storage -20 to 70 C

• Altitude Not Found

• Humidity Operating 15-80% and Storage <93%

• Power Source 2 AAA batteries

• Battery Life Not stated

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Choice Med - MD300C1 -2yr Warranty

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Pulseox 300c Pulse Oximeter, White

• Choice MD300 C1 Made in China

• ComplianceResearching

• Literature Not Found

• Screen Red LED

• Display SpO2, PR, and Bargraph

• Latex Unknown

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 3 digits <70% unspecified

• Temperature Operating 5 to 40 C and Storage -10 to 40 C

• Altitude Not Found

• Humidity Operating 15-80% and Storage 10-100%

• Power Source 2 AAA batteries

• Battery Life 30 hours

The Med Choice 300C1 pulse oximeter is a simple oximeter that appears to be a very popular product on the internet. Personally, I have owned and used the Med Choice 300C1 pulse oximeter for about 3 years. Overall, the oximeter has performed well. It is not the fanciest pulse oximeter or most high tech; however, functionally it has performed as effectively as the larger more expensive oximeter/ ekg machine I use at work. The pulse oximeter display is a bright red LED which is easy to see in low light conditions. For personal use the MD300C1 may be a little awkward to see the display, since it only displays in one

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direction, facing away from the individual the oximeter is placed on. The internal spring holds its resiliency after frequent use. The 300C1 by Med Choice is a good oximeter for home use if you are looking for an affordable yet reliable basic finger oximeter.

Choice Med - MD300C2 - Free Shipping - 2yr Warranty

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Finger Pulse Oximeter OLED Display MD300C2

• MED CHOICE 300C2 Made in China

• ComplianceResearching

• Literature Not Found

• Screen OLED 6 display modes, 10 brightness levels

• Display spo2, PR, bargraph, spo2 waveform

• Latex No Latex

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 3 digits <70% unspecified

• Temperature Operating 5 to 40 C and Storage -10 to 40 C

• Altitude Not Found

• Humidity Operating 15-80% and Storage 10-80%

• Power Source 2 AAA batteries

• Battery Life 30 hours

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SPO - CHECKMATE -Shipping Additional - 2yr Warranty

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Checkmate Oximeter

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• SPO CHECKMATE Made in Israel

• Compliance CE

• Literature Product brochure

• Screen LCD with backlight

• Display spo2, PR, weak signal indicator

• Latex Not found

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digit

• Temperature Operating 4 to 42 C and Storage -20 to 70 C

• Altitude Not Found

• Humidity Up to 95% non condensing

• Power Source 3.6V Lithium

• Battery Life 1,000 hours

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PulseOx 5500 Finger Homecare/Medical by SPO Medical

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• SPO 5500 Made in Israel

• Compliance CE

• Literature SPO 5500 Product brochure

• Screen LCD with back light

• Display spo2, PR, weak signal indicator

• Latex Not found

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digit

• Temperature Operating 4 to 42 C and Storage -20 to 70 C

• Altitude Not Found

• Humidity Up to 95% non condensing

• Power Source 3.6V Lithium

• Battery Life 1,000 hours

The SPO medical PulseOx 5500 is a prescription only model finger oximeter. One design feature that sets it apart from other finger oximeters is its thimble style finger insert which is different from most other finger oximeter internal or external spring design. The thimble design prevents the problem of damaged or worn out springs you might find on other oximeters. The SPO 5500 oximeter utilizes reflective pulse oximetery (RPO) to determine blood oxygen levels and heart rate. The SPO 5500 is powered by a 3.6V lithium battery which gives it long life; however, the battery can be a drawback when considering the cost of the battery.

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To improve reading in darkness, the SPO 5500 oximeter display has a backlight for illumination. Customer service is easily available through their tool free number or website. Overall the SPO 5500 oximeter would be useful for providers who use oximeters frequently and do not want to deal with the finger inserts most other finger oximeters utilize.

Drive - 18705- Shipping Additional - 2yr Warranty

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Drive Medical Clip Style Fingertip Pulse Oximeter with Dual View LCD, Gray & Black

• Drive 18705 Made in Unknown

• Compliance

• Literature

• Screen OLED

• Display spo2, PR

• Latex Not found

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 3 digit

• Temperature

• Altitude

• Humidity

• Power Source 2 AAA battery

• Battery Life 30 hrs

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Drive - Go-Lite - Shipping Additional - 2yr Warranty

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Go-Lite Finger Pulse Oximeter

• Drive GO-Lite Made in Unknown

• Compliance

• Literature

• Screen LCD

• Display spo2, PR

• Latex Not found

• Accuracy SpO2 100-70% +/- 2 digit

• Temperature Operating 39 to 107 F Storage -40 to 158 F

• Altitude Not Stated

• Humidity Not Stated

• Power Source 3.6V lithium battery

• Battery Life 1000 hrs

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History of finger pulse oximetery

The technology of Finger pulse oximeters has progressed over seventy years. The original concept was discovered in 1930’s, by German scientists when they were using, spectrophotometers (instruments that measure different wavelengths and intensities of light) to measure the transmission of light through skin. Later during the 1940’s, a British researcher, Millikan utilized two wavelengths of light one green and one red to create a practical ear oxygen meter which is when the term “oximeter” was created. During the 1940’s and 1950’s, research continued and resulted in the Waters Company developing a system that was used in experimental studies and aviation. In 1964, a surgeon in San Francisco developed an oximeter that was later marketed by Hewlett Packard in the early 1970’s. Although the device began to be used in clinical settings, it was heavy (35 lbs), expensive ($10,000), and did not allow for continuous arterial oxygenation level monitoring. The improvements made in the late 1970’s resulted in advances such as the use of LED’s for producing the light. As time continued, respiratory therapists and anesthesiologists began to see the benefits of pulse oximetery. Companies such as Ohmeda, Nellcor, and Novametrix continued making significant advances producing multiple site probes, reducing size and cost bringing us forward to the finger pulse oximetery devices we have today.

How does a finger pulse oximeter work?

A finger pulse oximeter uses the red color of blood to measure the percent of oxygen that is saturated within an individual’s blood. Red blood cells are red because they contain protein chemical called hemoglobin. Hemoglobin contains iron, which is utilized for transporting oxygen and carbon dioxide. When blood passes through the lungs, oxygen molecules attach to the hemoglobin making them oxyhemoglobin. Hemoglobin releases oxygen while blood passes through the body's tissue becoming deoxyhemoglobin. The empty hemoglobin molecules then bond with the tissue's carbon dioxide or other waste gases, transporting it away. During this process, the color of blood changes. The finger pulse oximeter detects these changes through two light emitting diodes and two sensors on the opposite side of the finger. One diode sends out red light while the other sends out infrared light. Oxygenated blood absorbs light at 660nm (red light), whereas deoxygenated blood absorbs light preferentially at 940nm (infra-red). The relative absorption of light by oxyhemoglobin (HbO) and deoxyhemoglobin is processed by the device and an oxygen saturation level is reported. The body naturally delivers oxygenated blood in arteries and returns deoxygenated blood in veins. To ensure only the oxygenated blood levels are measured, Finger pulse oximeters are programmed to detect pulsetile blood, which only occurs in veins.

Finger Pulse Oximeter Limitations

1.Poor positioning of the finger pulse oximeter.

2.Nail polish can give readings are capable false low readings

3.Any issues which may cause poor tissue perfusion such as hypovoliemia, hypotension, cold extremities, hypothermia, or cardiac arrest.

4.Some Cardiac valvular defects can cause venous pulsation resulting in a finger pulse oximeter reading venous blood and recording low SpO2 levels. Tricuspid regurgitation is one defect.

5.Finger pulse oximeters accuracy decreases as the value decreases. Readings below 70% are not reliable.

6.Cardiac arrhythmias that alter arterial pulsation can disrupt the finger pulse oximeter from recording an accurate reading.

7.Carbon monoxide poisoning causing carboxyhaemoglobin cannot be distinguished from oxygen resulting in finger pulse oximeters giving false readings of 100%. Finger pulse oximeters should not be utilized when carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected

8.Abnormal haemoglobins such as methaemoglobinaemia, for example following overdose of prilocaine, cause readings to tend towards 85%.

9.Age, sex, or skin color does not have a significant effect on finger pulse oximeter readings

How to choose the right finger pulse oximeter

The internet is plagued by the $48 finger pulse oximeter and in some instances the device may be adequate; however, the capability and performance are often found lacking. Prior to purchasing a finger pulse oximeter you need to make sure the device will fit your needs. Answers to the following questions are helpful to determine the type of finger pulse oximeter to buy.

1.Am I purchasing the device for recreation, safety, or because of a medical condition?

2.Can the finger pulse oximeter handle the environment I will be subjecting in too?

3.How accurate is the device?

4.Will I be spot checking oxygen levels, monitoring levels continuously for a short period, or will I need to have data storage capabilities?

5.Will I need a pediatric or adult sized finger pulse oximeter?

6.Will I need an FDA approved device to ensure accuracy or for insurance purposes?

7.What accessories does the finger pulse oximeter include and what will I need to additionally purchase?

8.What is the warranty length and am I able to purchase and extended warranty?

9.What style or color appeals to me?

10. Will ther be additional charges like shipping?

10.And finally what can I afford?

A significant amount of research resulted in the most comprehensive list of finger oximeters on the net. I challenge you to find a unit not listed!

Several comments have requested listing FDA approval information. We have contacted all manufaturers for FDA approval information and will enter the information as it is obtained. Are there any other requests to improve the page?

Finger Oximeter CHALLENGE - Can you find a finger oximeter that is not listed on this site? 7 comments

anonymous 5 years ago

Nonin Wristox 3100 Pulse Oximeter


anonymous 5 years ago

useful info..


anonymous 4 years ago

Can't find this one on Squidoo: Santamedical SM-110. Any info on it?


anonymous 4 years ago

Contec - CMS 50QB Fingertip pulse oximeter


anonymous 4 years ago

this sure would be good for people that need it.


anonymous 4 years ago

oxywatch c9223 not listed


anonymous 4 years ago

walgreens sells and currently has a sale on the Choicemmed OxyWatch Premium Fingertip Pulse Oximeter C9223. Any reviews on it?

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    Handheld pulse oximeter

    To monitor a patient’s blood saturation level of oxygen and readings of pulse rate instead of just checking it occasionally, a handheld pulse oximeter has a programmable limit of alarm that you can adjust in an appropriate level in order to have an audible and a visual warning whenever a patient’s vital signs are going beyond and below normal. Different sounds of audible alert for warnings are also available if the reading is not obtained. An example is if the sensor is not connected or if the battery is low.

    These are the usual kind of device used for obtaining the pulse oximetry readings. A sensor at the end of a long cable is clipped on the fingertip while on the other end of the cable is connected to the handheld or the unit itself which is more often plugged to a main power source near the bedside of the patient.

    The device contains all power supply, display screen and electronics that allow the oximeter to be utilized with various types of a sensor that is compatible. This provides the user a choice of disposable or reusable sensors including the choice of placing the sensor on to the different sites like the hand, finger, foot, toe and the earlobe. If a continuous monitoring is ordered then a soft and flexible probes must be used. You must also check the integrity and condition of skin in monitoring the site and in repositioning of the probe in preventing damage on the surface of your skin.

    Most common a handheld pulse oximeter is used for monitoring oxygenation when a person is having asthma attack, diagnosis of hypoxemia on patients suffering from chronic respiratory disease, for detecting hyperventilation and apnea and for monitoring the supply of oxygen in your body.

    This handheld pulse oximeter often comes in alight weight and compact finger digital pulse oximeter. This type of pulse oximeter uses a probe that is placed on the patient’s earlobe or finger plugged to a unit with cord. The measurements will appear on the display screen of the unit.

    This light weight handheld device combines broad functionality of stand alone unit with flexibility of a handheld instrument but it is compact to fit on your pocket or just with your palm.

    Absolutely, this type of pulse oximeter is very convenient to use. You can bring It along anywhere and use it anytime without hassle. Prevent hypoxia and low supply of oxygen in your blood with this handheld pulse oximeter.

    Benefits of a Wrist Pulse Oximeter

    Are your parents living with you? Then it will be a good idea to have a wrist pulse oximeter available in your home. This type of pulse oximeter is a great help for those people with emphysema, COPD or Chronic Obstructive Disease, Chronic Bronchitis or heart disease like CHF or Chronic Heart Disease. This medical device will address you if your parents are in need of supplemental oxygen and needs to be rushed to the hospital.

    This finger pulse oximeter is pain free, easy to use and fast in measuring the oxygen level in your blood and it can also measure your pulse rate. A finger pulse oximeter is using a probe with sensor and a red light in measuring the levels of oxygen in your blood. The probe is wrapped around your fingertip and the light will travel through your skin going to the sensor and it will measure hemoglobin which is carrying oxygen in your blood. It is also perfect for measuring your heat rate while you are exercising or you can use them for your parents with chronic illness.

    There are different kinds of pulse oximeter sold in the market like the handheld digital pulse oximeters and the Computer Based Pulse Oximeter. A new type was invented which is called the Wrist Finger Pulse Oximeter. Unlike the other pulse oximeters, wrist pulse oximeters are worn on the wrist and are used for monitoring vital signs of people with symptoms of sleep disorders like sleep apnea that afflicts a lot of aged adults like your parents. This wrist monitoring device collects vital signs while the person wearing it is asleep. The data that was collected can be downloaded using software given in every unit. This wrist pulse oximeter is like an ordinary watch that anyone can use anywhere and anytime.

    There are two major benefits given by a wrist pulse oximeter. First is that it allows a doctor to start a diagnosis immediately because an overnight study can be done by just using this device even if the patient is at home. Second is that it minimizes sleep apnea cost on pre screening. Its price is far less compared to the existing prices in the market for the traditional monitoring device for sleeping and it uses a long lasting battery for an extended period of use which as a result, reduces cost on operation.

    With these functions offered by a wrist pulse oximeter, it is worthy to have this kind of device at home especially if your parents are living with you. It will be a great help for them.

    Things you must know about Finger Pulse Oximeter

    For almost three decades, finger pulse oximeter has been used widely in healthcare facilities. It was invented way back 1935. However, it became widespread in 1980’s only after measurement system called infrared was developed. This gadget gives an accurate measurement of saturation of oxygen in the blood and even the blood volume change in your blood will be determined. It also gives a reliable measurement of your pulse rate. A finger pulse oximeter reads pulse rate and the pulse strength at the same time. Some advanced models can even provide you a reading if there is a change in your blood volume. There are even models that can measure the oxygen processed upon inhaling air.

    Typically, a patient with fluctuating oxygenation should have a regular monitoring with their bodily functions during surgical operations and on hospital treatments. During recovery period, a finger pulse oximeter is also utilized by doctors to ensure that the process of healing is effective. Often times, patients with respiratory or cardiac diseases must wear this gadget after they are discharged from the hospital.

    Because of this, this type of pulse oximeter is becoming popular. A finger pulse oximeter is light and compact. A lot of people with chronic illness wear this gadget all the time, anywhere. They can be attached on the finger very lax without piercing the skin. All you have to do is to clip it in your fingertip and after few seconds, constant readings will be displayed on the screen. The monitor and the clip are connected with a short wire. The screen can be an alternative device that will be attached to your finger. You don’t have to exert too much effort in using this device. Anyone can use this device as easy as it is.

    No special prescription is needed to purchase this pulse oximeter. You can readily buy them from the web or from medical supply shops. But then again, it will be better to consult your doctor. This device might really salvage a life of anyone, but like any gadgets are, it has its own limitations. A portable finger pulse oximeter cannot show you all that are wrong in your body. Yes, it can let you see what your oxygen saturation in your blood is, but it doesn’t show all that you must know. And you must purchase a model that comes from a reputable manufacturer that will provide you accurate and reliable readings.

    Past Pulse Oximeter Updates

    April 2011 Update

    The Nonin Onyx 9550 and 9500 provide the most evidence of durability in relation to the other finger pulse oximeters available. Both units are certified for U.S Military Airworthiness. To be certified, the units are subjected to multiple tests to demonstrate their durability in multiple environments. Two videos of the Nonin Onyx 9550 and 9500 have been added to the modules demonstrating the unit's durability.

    February 2011 Update

    After receiving feedback from several readers to add pictures of finger pulse oximeter models to the index, I have finally had a chance to add images to the index. When using the index, if the image of the pulse oximeter model is clicked, it will take you directly to the store that offers the pulse oximeter. Clicking on the text below the image will take you to a short review highlighting pertinent information about the specific model. Hopefully this improves the functionality of the page. Pulse Oximeter Index

    January 2011 Update CMS50 E

    Recently the price of the CMS 50 E oximeter has been reduced from $125 to $115.01, using the coupon code SQUIDOO5 at Contecmedical systems.com (click image link) saves an additional 5%. It's interesting to see a reduction of price during the flu and holiday season given that overall oximeter prices usually increase at this time. The CMS 50-E has the most options currently offered in finger oximeters. One of the unique features that the CMS 50E has is the capability of data storage and data transfer to a computer. Software is included with the oximeter. For an additional charge, a wireless transmission kit can be purchased; however, the included USB cable works just as well. One additional item recommended to purchase with the oximeter for $2 is a hard shell case to protect the unit from damage. Other features that set the CMS 50 E apart from other oximeters are: Built in alarm for low battery and SpO2 levels beyond set limits, a rechargeable lithium battery, and a color display with pleth waveform. If you would like to see all the finger oxygen monitor units researched go to the finger oximeter index.

    Do you want a cheap finger pulse oximeter or an oximeter that fits your needs? While researching 34 different finger pulse oximeters, 11 manufacturers, and 18 different online stores a few things became apparent. All FDA approved finger oximeters have an accuracy of plus or minus 2 for SpO2 readings between 99% - 80% and any reading under 70% is unreliable. So who makes the best oximeter? It depends on what your looking for. Here is a summary of findings with review links for further oximeter details. Out of 40 finger oximeter reviews, the median cost is $140.69. The CMS 50L was the cheapest finger oximeter and the Nonin Onyx II 9560 was the most expensive. With 93 positive internet oximeter reviews, Octive Tech 300C had significantly the most comments. The best finger oximeter by scientific validation is the Onyx II 9550. For an aviation pulse oximeter, the Nonin Nonin Onyx 9500 and Onyx II 9550 are the only available finger oximeters approved for use aboard military aircraft validating their dependability. The Nonin Sport Stat is the best unit for use in an outdoor, active, rigorous, extreme contexts and environments according to the American Alpine Institute who tested the unit in the extreme environments of the Himalayas, Alaska, and Kilimanjaro. The pediatric pulse oximeter Octive Tech 300pn for children appears to be one of the few units specifically sized and calibrated for people ages 2-13 years. The finger oximeter with the most capabilities was the Contec CMS-50 E which is capable of storing oximeter readings and downloading the information; making it a good choice for those with chronic conditions, that need to record trends, such as COPD, CHF, and sleep apnea. The unit that was both affordable and built for heavy use was the Octive Tech 300CSE .

    Disclaimer

    Information on this page is for entertainment purposes only. No information is meant to treat or diagnose any condition. If you have any health concerns, you should discuss your concerns with a Doctor or health professional. Do not use devices to self diagnose or treat any health concern you may have. All information is a review and opinion of pulse oximeters, manufactures, and online stores that offer the devices for sale. No information on this page supersedes any information found on online-stores or manufacturer websites that offer the finger pulse oximeters mentioned. Prices might change without notice and not reflect the actual cost of the online stores offering the product.

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    The Finger Pulse Oximeter Page Comments 17 comments

    anonymous 6 years ago

    I really appreciate the work you've put into this. Extremely helpful. Thank you!

    One thing you need to check out, however: You state that your favorite, the Octive Tech 300C, is FDA-approved. Indeed, ClinicalGuard.com has the FDA logo prominently positioned on the listing, with "FDA-approved medical device" as the hover-over text. However, I've combed the FDA 501(k) online database, and found nothing like OctiveTech, or other brands that correspond to the OctiveTech model numbers. (I'd seen an Amazon review by a Dr Yee pointing this out, and verified it for myself.) It seems that ClinicalGuard is illegally marketing these as medical equipment, while in fact, the FDA has not approved these devices as such.

    In such an exhaustive comparison, your recommendations carry a lot of weight. I'd recommend looking into this, or at least noting in your review that there is a question as to whether the FDA approval claimed by ClinicalGuard is, in fact, true.

    Thanks again for all your work!


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    JB-III 6 years ago Author

    In response to this comment, I have made contact with the makers of the Octive Tech 300C and will make any changes, if need be, once the manufacturer has had the opportunity to reply. Thank you for your input.


    anonymous 6 years ago

    Are there any units available which are FDA approved as medical devices, and both rated for altitude and usable at operational temperatures under under 0C/32F?


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    JB-III 6 years ago Author

    [in reply to Rusty]

    Your best bet is Nonin 9500 or 9550


    relaxingpiano 6 years ago

    I use the Octive Tech 300Pro as part of my healing trauma practice because it really shows where the pulse rate is in (as in the sympathetic or parasympathetic mode). It is great. I love mine. You can find out more about my experiences on my blog http://mindbodythoughts.blogspot.com/2009/11/my-pu...


    MissReviews 5 years ago

    I will choose Octive Tech 300Pro for it really helps in the treatment of any kind of trauma.


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    quickcutterss 4 years ago from Midwest

    I think you did an awesome job with this page. With all this info i am going to go back and take a few notes.

    5 star lens from me.


    anonymous 4 years ago

    Top notch page!

    I want to measure below 70%, is there any device for that?


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    JB-III 4 years ago Author

    @anonymous: From experience, any SpO2 measurement below 80% is inaccurate. Most Pulse Oximeter manufacturers only test their devices to 80%. I had also read in an article that the reason for only testing to 80% is because a manufacturer cannot safely test lower clinically. With the exception of a few heart conditions. SpO2 in the 70's is incompatible with life.


    anonymous 4 years ago

    @JB-III: What I know is FDA 510K and ISO requires manufacturers to test between 100 and 70%. Why the oximeters should not measure below 80% ?


    northshore-lij 4 years ago

    Very detailed Hub - thank you for taking the time to compile all this information on pulse oximeters.


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    maximross lm 4 years ago

    Very detailed lens. Well done.


    anonymous 4 years ago

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    Letscosplay 4 years ago

    fabulous work


    anonymous 4 years ago

    I am trying to narrow down choices by which units offer continuous monitoring but I'm not able to see that feature. Do any of the units offer this?


    anonymous 4 years ago

    At Medi-Shop.gr i found a couple of more oximeters! Have a look at http://www.medi-shop.gr/en/MedicalDevices/Oximeter...


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    NeoClout 3 years ago

    Wow, very thorough review. I like your integrating the vote module and update along the result, and learned. Thank you.

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