What is the Best Pulse Oximeter for Home Use?

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A pulse oximeter is a noninvasive medical device used for measuring a patient's oxygen level in the blood and pulse rate. These are important vital signs, and accurate readings are crucial. How do you decide which pulse oximeter is right for you?

Nonin Medical's PureSAT® pulse oximetry technology provides accuracy you can depend on with highly responsive and precise oximeters for accurate and reliable readings, even in the most challenging conditions such as low perfusion or dark skin tones.

Ask these questions before you buy:

1.  How accurate is the oximeter and is the accuracy claim backed by evidence, e.g., studies and published papers?

Nonin Medical's finger pulse oximeters have clinically proven accuracy in the widest range of situations confirmed by the following research:

  • Severinghaus JW. SpO2 Accuracy of PureSAT® Signal Processing Technology. University of California at San Francisco Hypoxia Research Laboratory
  • Bickler PE, Feiner JR and Severinghaus JW. Effects of skin pigmentation on pulse oximeter accuracy in low saturations. Anesthesia 2005 102(4):715-9
  • Mcnab AJ, Smith M, Phillips N and Smart P. Oximeter reliability in a subzero environment. Aviat Space Environ Med 1996 67(11):1053-6
  • Homes, S. and SJ Peffers. 2009. PCRS-UK Opinion Sheet No. 28: Pulse Oximetry in Primary Care. www.pcrs-uk.org
  • Schermer T, et al. 2009. Pulse oximetry in family practice: indications and clinical observations in patients with COPD. Fam Pract 26(6):524-31
  • Neuman MR. 1987. Pulse oximetry: physical principles, technical realization and present limitations. Adv Exp Med Biol 220:135-44

2.  Will the oximeter work on a variety of patients? Does your oximeter specifically claim accuracy for patients with low circulation or dark skin tones?

Yes. Only Nonin Medical uses PureSAT® pulse-by-pulse filtering to provide proven accuracy in situations that are challenging such as light-to-dark skinned patients, good to low perfusion and more.

3.  Will one device work on a variety of finger sizes, including very small fingers up to large fingers, or will I need to buy a specific sized oximeter?

Yes, with Nonin Medical's finger pulse oximeters, one device will work for a wide range of patients. They automatically adjust to each patient quickly and accurately and accommodate a wide range of finger thicknesses: 8 mm to 25.4 mm (0.3" to 1.0").

4.  Who offers the best warranty and has the best reputation for excellent customer service?

Nonin Medical's GO2 brand of finger pulse oximeters offers a 2-year warranty. Ask us how we compare. At Nonin Medical, we take pride in our superior customer support.

5.  Where is the oximeter manufactured, and who will I call if I have a problem with my oximeter?

Nonin Medical's finger pulse oximeters are made in the USA at Nonin Medical's headquarter and manufacturing facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, with customer support centers in North America and Europe.

6.  How long can I expect to use the oximeter? (If a device does not last, a lower upfront cost can result in higher costs due to multiple replacements.)

The durability and reliability of Nonin Medical's finger pulse oximeters are unmatched. In fact, you will regularly see 10-year-old Nonin Medical products used in the marketplace. Nonin Medical's finger pulse oximeters protect against dropping and water spills and allow for thousands of uses in the most demanding environments.

7.  Does the oximeter introduce lead or other hazardous materials into the environment? Does it comply with international lead free and/or hazardous materials standards?

Nonin Medical's finger pulse oximeters are tested to be lead free, and are RoHS compliant (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations).

An independent test lab analyzed the lead content in several finger pulse oximeters and showed that imports from two leading Chinese manufacturers contained "lead-rich components". Nonin Medical's products proved lead free.

At Nonin, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality products available at a great value. Nonin will be here long after the sale and our knowledgeable customer service representatives are always available to answer your questions.

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