This protocol studies patients with suspected non-severe Corona Virus Disease (COVID) being discharged to home from an emergency department (ED) or outpatient testing center. Patients will be provided a portable fingertip home pulse oximeter that measures peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2). SpO2, also known as oxygen saturation, is a measure of the amount of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in the blood relative to the amount of hemoglobin not carrying oxygen. The body needs there to be a certain level of oxygen in the blood or it will not function as efficiently. In fact, very low levels of SpO2 can result in very serious symptoms.
SpO2 stands for peripheral capillary oxygen saturation, an estimate of the amount of oxygen in the blood. More specifically, it is the percentage of oxygenated haemoglobin (haemoglobin containing oxygen) compared to the total amount of haemoglobin in the blood . SpO2 Normal Values. A normal healthy person should be able to achieve normal SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation levels) of 94% to 99%. For patients with mild respiratory diseases, the SpO2 should be 90% or above. Supplementary oxygen should be used if SpO2 level falls below 90%, which is unacceptable for a prolonged period of time.
The Nellcor™ portable SpO 2 patient monitoring system, PM10N, is a convenient, handheld monitor that is ideal for spot-checks or continuous monitoring in various healthcare and home use settings. Its ergonomic shape and simple design make it intuitive to use and simple to operate. Wherever you need accurate, reliable SpO 2 measurements, count on the Nellcor™ portable SpO 2 pulse oximeter. Hyperoxemia is generally detected using ABG testing and is defined as blood oxygen levels above mmHg. Normal arterial oxygen pressure (PaO2) measured using the arterial blood gas (ABG) test is approximately 75 to millimeters of mercury ( mmHg). When the level goes below 75 mmHg, the condition is generally termed as hypoxemia.
A measurement of your blood oxygen is called your oxygen saturation level. In medical shorthand, you may hear it called a PaO 2 when using a blood gas and an O 2 sat (SpO2) when using a pulse ox. Your fast, sensitive and accurate responses to patient needs are critical. Count on Nellcor™ pulse oximetry to help, with SpO 2 measurements that are tied to true arterial oxygen saturation and cardiac-induced pulse — putting you closer to your patients.