Re: Oximeters...

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Bought one the other day and have looked online regarding how to use it properly, however, there is conflcting messages out there.

How many times a day should I take my readings?  Should it be held at heart level?  Does cold and/or heat change the readings?

Thanks for any input.  Take care.  Terri

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    hi terri,

    I use one with a USB connection, attach it and leave it on overnight then download the data the next day.

    ​if yours doesnt have that facility then I'd suggest using at the sMe time every day/week and in the same environment. The benefit being that, even if it wre inacurate you would see changes and, usually thats all we are looking for.

    ​good luck with it

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      Thanks y_not. Mine is a cheap one, all I could afford, so does not have the capacity to download data.  Take care. 
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    Hi ,I bought one when I was told my oxygen levels drop quite easily Wien poorly ,mine is just the one you put on your finger ,it gives your heart rate and oxygen level ,,,,,

    i was told I was using it too much ,checking every day even when I was well ,I was told to put it in a drawer and forget about it ,unless I felt ill or breathless,

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    Hello, how are you? 

    I was taught by my Pulmonary Rehabilitation Technicians to clasp the Oximeter onto my middle finger of my left hand (either hand), and use that hand and finger for all future readings. I chose my left hand, middle finger. While sitting, and oximeter is clamped onto my left hand finger, she said to rest my hand with oximeter on top my left leg (just above the knee area) while sitting, then read the reading. She said that this is they way they want all their members to read their oximeters. I remember she also stated briefly that they don't want the arm above heart level. 

    I hope this helps! 

    Brenda xo

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      Hi Brenda: 

      I'm fine and hoping that you are as well.  Thanks for the info.  Was doing it all wrong!  Will do it the way you suggested.

      Terri xo


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