My father need to visit his GP on a regular basis to have the gasses ?? measured in his blood. This is due to him having weak lungs and are susceptible to infections. A slight infection can have a serious affect on him because he is so weak himself. Heís 75 by the way. The device used clips on his finger (but does not puncture the skin). The reading shows the gas levels?? to be 95, which is fine.
My questions are this, exactly what does the device monitor, and what does the 95 represent. Apparently if this figure of 95 drops to below 90 then he needs to go on a ventilator.
Can someone tell me what this device is called and if its possible for him to purchase one for home use so he can monitor his own levels.
Thanks and regards
You are referring to the pulse oximeter which measures hemoglobin in the blood and also shows the heart rate. One does not go on a ventilator below 90, but rather the heart, liver and brain can be damaged due to lack of oxygen.
The ventilator is usually for a patient who retains CO2 and goes into respiratory failure. The blood test for C02 is called an arterial blood gas (ABG) test.
I'm on oxygen and have a pulse oximeter, which I ordered online but don't think I'm allowed to say where. I'm not sure where you would buy one in England. Just do an online search or try ****--the price is about $240. You can also buy one at sporting goods stores here (for mountain climbers), but they are pricey. I recommend everyone with lung disease buy an oximeter--it's the only way you can tell if your 02 is adequate at all times.
p.s. Your father is lucky to have such a caring son/daughter.
Hi TC, the finger monitor you are talking about is a PULSOX, used to measure O2 (oxygen) in blood and also measures heart rate/pulse. I just bought my own recently on line by searching for PULSOX. Most common one is made by NONIN I have severe COPD and have been on oxygen at home for two years, I have a portable for when I leave the house. I am on 2litres of O2 and that maintains me at around 95. I think normal is 97-100, not sure. In order to qualify for home oxygen they give a 6 minute walking test, if you drop below 89 they order it for you. Keep in mind when they test your dad at the GP's office he's at rest with 95, walking to the parking lot or carrying packages might give a lower reading. The oxygen works well for me, from the start I felt much stronger an more active than I was. Maybe he should seea Pulmonologist. Hope he feels better. BB in S. Jersey