HOW DOES A PULSE OXIMETER WORKS?

Working Method of a Pulse Oximeter

A Pulse Oximeter is a device which is used to monitor oxygen saturation (SO2) or amount of oxygen carried in a person’s body. The sensor digital device is placed on thin part of a person’s body; generally a fingertip or earlobe is considered for such process or may be across a foot for a child (infant). The oximeter device emits light which consists of two wavelengths that passes through the patient’s body to a photo detector. These two lights of different wavelength beams in the small vessels or capillaries which consist of blood (circulating blood) and these light beams are responsible for determination of amount of oxygen present in the blood along with the current pulse rate in a person’s body. The Pulse Oximeter measures the change that is observed by the light of emitted wavelength which is the basic working principle. This measurement allows the determination of absorbance due to pulsing arterial blood only excluding the venous blood, skin, bone, fat and muscle.

This monitoring of blood oxygen displays the percentage of blood which is loaded with oxygen. Generally the normal oxygen blood percentage in any body is usually greater than 95% in a normal adult human body. An oxygen blood percentage of 92% or less than 92%, then it come under the category of low blood oxygen level. For an adult above 18 or 19 years of age normal pulse rate values are 60-80 beats per minute. In some cases, the heart rate increases during some workout or exercise and oxygen saturation percentage level might result to decrease.

The Pulse Oximeter measures two different things, the pulse rate and secondly the level of oxygen in the blood. The basic idea is that the lungs perform the functioning of transferring oxygen from air to blood stream and then this sucked air is pumped to all the organs of the body with the help of heart. Thus the oxygen level in the blood is measure by drawing blood from artery which accurately measures each of the pulse rate and oxygen level currently in a person’s body.

On June 30th, 2016, posted in: Pulse Oximeter by

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