Pulse oximeter

What is a fingertip  oxygen meter?

An easy-to-use device to help you monitor the oxygen level in your blood. It is non-invasive (no needle) and takes just a few seconds to work.

Why is it important to  monitor my oxygen levels?

Many people have COVID-19 and do not know it because they do not have symptoms.

COVID-19 can cause an infection in your lungs, which can lower the oxygen level in your blood. When your oxygen level is low, you may feel tired or have shortness of breath, but you may not feel different at all. This can be dangerous. You should keep track of your oxygen level using a fingertip oxygen meter until you are feeling better. If your oxygen level drops, you should get medical help right away.

How do I use my fingertip oxygen meter?

Measure your oxygen level twice per day, in the morning and at night (or more often if instructed by your health care provider).

SpO2 % PR

Make sure there are batteries inside and turn the device on.

Put your index finger (the finger next to your thumb) into the oxygen meter with your

fingernail facing up.

If the screen does not show a number, try another finger (not your thumb). Oxygen meters may not work on cold or wet fingers, or if your finger has nail polish.

Record your oxygen levels in the log provided.

Wait for the screen to show a number.

How do I read the numbers on the screen?

Your oxygen meter shows two numbers. The oxygen level is labeled SpO2. The other number is your heart rate. For most people, a normal oxygen level is 95% or higher and a normal heart rate is generally below 100. Your oxygen levels and heart rate can change based on your activity, body position and overall health. Check with your health care provider if you have questions.

How should I clean my oxygen meter?

Wipe off all surfaces of the oxygen meter using a cloth, paper towel or cotton ball dampened with rubbing alcohol that contains at least 60% isopropyl. Do this after each use and before being used by others.

Can I use the fingertip oxygen meter on a child?

Oxygen meters are not recommended for children younger than 14 years old.

Monitor your child’s symptoms closely and call their health care provider if they look sick or develop a cough that worsens or difficulty breathing.

Should I inform my health care  provider of my measured oxygen levels?

It is important to keep your health care provider informed about your health and your oxygen levels. Call or email your provider as directed.

Oxygen Level Guidance

90% or less This oxygen level is very concerning and may indicate a severe medical problem. Call  or go to your nearest emergency room immediately. You may need an urgent x-ray or heart test.

91% to 94% This oxygen level is concerning and may indicate a medical problem. Call your health care provider immediately.

Go to a nearby urgent care facility.

95% to 100% This oxygen level is normal. Walk around for two minutes and measure your oxygen level again. If your oxygen level falls below 95%, follow the instructions above.