The use of pulse oximetry at home has expanded over the past twenty years and is expected to be one of the major growth areas in home monitoring during the next decade.
Initial use at home in the early 1990s focused on continuous monitoring with home mechanical ventilation and sleep studies. Intermittent spot-check use at home has become more common in recent years with conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) and others requiring long-term oxygen therapy.
Self-monitoring enables patients to become more active participants in their health care. As the population ages and the incidence of pulmonary and cardiac diseases continue, home pulse oximetry can provide objective data for determining health status and the possible need for medical consultation or interventions.
The type of patient being monitored along with the complexity of the medical situation can help drive the decision to use a continuous, alarmed device or a simpler spot-check device. A patient in a more severe state, such as dependence on a ventilator or life-support system, is more likely to require continuous monitoring, while others will be sufficiently served with a spot-check device.
The use of spot-check devices can eliminate the "nuisance alarm" situations sometimes encountered with continuous use and are easy for a patient to use.
Customers who have purchased the GO2 brand of personal fingertip oximeters give it very high satisfaction ratings and report using it to monitor their ability to tolerate activities, help manage supplemental oxygen use, manage asthma and COPD, and monitor their heart rate and oxygen saturation during sports or high-altitude activities.