Almost all countries are calling for people to use a wearable pulse oximeter to monitor hypoxemia during covid-19. As vaccine development continues to accelerate, Covid-19 is in remission in many areas. Increasingly, however, physicians are finding that many patients have very low oxygen readings, but remain in no apparent discomfort. By the time symptoms appeared, the condition had evolved into a serious illness.
Dr. Levitan, who practices at Littleton Medical Center in New Hampshire, said that patients who usually come in for sudden onset of chest tightness and shortness of breath often start showing symptoms of Covid-19 disease as early as two to seven days earlier. By the time they entered the emergency room, their blood oxygen saturation was low at only 50 percent, which should be between 95 and 100 percent for a normal person. He said lung X-rays showed that the patients had developed pneumonia symptoms, which should have been so severe that they were in pain with each breath, severely deprived of oxygen to the point of confusion, but they were fully conscious and even able to slide their cell phones.
Dr. Levitan said these patients would say they had been sick for days, but hadn't noticed shortness of breath, physical fatigue or other symptoms until recently, and that's what makes this disease so interesting and so scary. Because by the time patients realize they are having trouble breathing, they are actually already critically ill, some may need a respirator to survive, and as the amount of carbon dioxide increases, the alveoli begin to accumulate fluid and the lungs become stiff, eventually leading to acute respiratory failure. By the time the patient's oxygen saturation drops to the point where they must go to the hospital, their lungs are damaged and the chronic lack of oxygen may also damage other organs such as the heart, kidneys, and brain. Acute respiratory failure due to "stealth hypoxia" may explain why some young patients with neocoronary pneumonia die suddenly and unexpectedly. Dr. Levitan recently contributed a book to the New York Times, urging patients who have developed mildly suspected symptoms to observe their oxygen saturation changes through an oximeter during the 2-week isolation period, as well as to make an early diagnosis of Covid-19 respiratory disease.
What is hypoxemia?
Hypoxemia is a below-normal saturation of oxygen in the blood, especially in the arteries. This reduced oxygen level can cause many medical problems, such as shortness of breath, headache, coughing, problems in breathing and circulation. So Hypoxemia is a severe medical condition, and it requires prompt medical attention.
There are different types of Hypoxemia, and the following list contains the most common types:
a. Ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) mismatch
c. Diffusion impairment
e.Low environmental oxygen
Some of the significant symptoms of Hypoxemia include; headache, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, coughing, wheezing, confusion, bluish color in fingernails, lips, and skin.
Different factors cause hypoxemia in your body. Some of them are given in the list below;
b. Lungs conditions, i.e., asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema
c. High altitude
e.A collapsed lung
f.Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
g.Sleep apnea (disturbed breathing condition during sleep)
h.Inflammation of lung tissues
Hypoxemia is a severe medical condition, when not cured at the right time, can cause some dangerous complications. In the long term, it can also affect the working of your heat or brain. So, diagnosing and treating hypoxemia at the right time is very important.
How to solve the harm of hypoxia?
The early detection of hypoxia and especially silent hypoxia, is the best way to reduce the harm of hypoxia. Once the oxygen level drops to an acutely low level, it can even cause death. There are some ways of curing hypoxia, such as oxygen masks and a small tube clip to your nose to provide supplemental oxygen. The best way is to have a record of your blood oxygen level. You can record your blood oxygen level with a wearable pulse oximeter or fingertip pulse oximeter.
1.Viatom wearable pulse oximeter
A wearable pulse oximeter, which is also known as a ring oximeter, is a painless test to check your oxygen saturation level. It can easily detect changes in your blood oxygen level. It is a small clip-like device that can be attached to your body parts like toes, earlobes and you can get instant blood oxygen saturation level.
This ring pulse oximeter also helps you track and monitor your sleep, and it vibrates instantly when it detects any abnormality in the heartbeat rate/oxygen level. Wearable pulse oximeter offers other benefits as well, such as remote monitoring using a wireless module, real-time data synchronization via Bluetooth, excellent, readable display, lightweight, and it comes with a built-in rechargeable battery. Hence wearable pulse oximeter is a must-have device for everyone who is health-conscious especially Covid-19 patients who might be suffering from silent hypoxia.
2.Viatom fingertip pulse oximeter
Fingertip pulse oximeter is another helpful device that helps detect your blood oxygen level and heartbeat. The device is easy to use, and it can be easily connected to the app, and the data can be stored in real-time. Fingertip pulse oximeter also supports Bluetooth functionality. The device comes with a robustly designed OLED screen that displays multiple colors, and it has a higher resolution, thus making the readings easier to read. Furthermore, the device weighs only 60g, making it very easy to carry.
Viatom's wearable pulse oximeter uses a high quality chip with more accurate blood oxygen pulse signal capture and more computational power. Our products have provided medical assistance in more than 60 countries during Covid-19. Viatom has always been involved in the life and health business, and has been a pioneer in the field of home medical care by building a healthy ecosystem from prevention to rehabilitation, by bringing the medical market and the home market together.