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Taking care of your health requires daily monitoring of vital signs like blood pressure, oxygen saturation, and temperature. That's why having reliable and accurate monitoring tools at home is crucial.
With the Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, Blood Pressure Monitor, and Infrared Thermometer, you can check your vital signs anytime to make sure you’re in top shape. These devices are user-friendly, affordable, and they provide critical information for timely interventions.
What is a blood pressure monitor?
A blood pressure monitor is a portable electronic device that allows you to accurately measure your blood pressure from the comfort of your own home (Weinfeld, 2021). It’s available in digital and analog options.
Regular monitoring of blood pressure at home is an integral part of hypertension management, as it can be an early indicator of potential health issues. For instance, a high blood pressure can possibly lead to stroke or heart attack. On the contrary, low blood pressure means that your body is not getting enough blood circulation which can lead to dizziness, fatigue, and fainting.
Overall, your blood pressure is an indicator of your health so closely monitoring it helps you to identify any potential health issues before it becomes life threatening.
Weinfeld, J. M., Hart, K. M., & Vargas, J. D. (2021). Home Blood Pressure Monitoring. American family physician, 104(3), 237–243.
What is a Fingertip Pulse Oximeter?
The Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is a non-invasive medical tool that is used for measuring the oxygen saturation levels in the blood. It works by emitting light through the fingertip and measuring the amount of light absorbed by the oxygenated and deoxygenated blood (n.d.).
It is frequently used to monitor patients with respiratory or cardiovascular issues, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or heart failure. It is also popular among athletes and pilots to track their oxygen saturation during altitude changes.
Center for Devices and Radiological Health. (n.d.). Pulse oximeter accuracy and limitations. U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
What is an infrared thermometer?
An infrared thermometer is a handy device for measuring the amount of infrared radiation emitted by an object to measure the surface temperature. It operates by detecting the infrared energy and converting it into an electrical signal, which is then displayed as a temperature reading (Chiappini, 2011).
This type of thermometer has several advantages over traditional contact thermometers, including the ability to measure temperature without physical contact, which reduces the risk of cross-contamination.
Chiappini, E., Sollai, S., Longhi, R., Morandini, L., Laghi, A., Osio, C. E., Persiani, M., Lonati, S., Picchi, R., Bonsignori, F., Mannelli, F., Galli, L., & de Martino, M. (2011). Performance of non-contact infrared thermometer for detecting febrile children in hospital and ambulatory settings. Journal of clinical nursing, 20(9-10), 1311–1318.
Blood Pressure Monitor FAQ
Which blood pressure reader is best for home use?
Choosing a blood pressure reader for home use can be daunting, but reliable accuracy and ease of use are key factors. The Jumper Upper Arm Auto Blood Pressure Monitor and the Wrist Auto Blood Pressure Monitor deliver accurate readings with a one-touch operation.
The Upper Arm model features an extra-large LCD screen, ideal for those with visual impairments while the wrist monitor is compact and can be worn while on-the-go, making it a convenient option for busy lifestyles.
What is the most accurate blood pressure monitor in Australia?
When it comes to blood pressure monitors in Australia, the most accurate option is typically found with upper arm automatic models. These devices provide precise and reliable results with simple one-touch operation, making them easy and convenient to use.
Additional features, such as an extra large LCD display and the ability to provide an average of the last three readings, increase the clinical accuracy of these monitors.
Is wrist or arm BP monitor better?
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends using a monitor with a cuff that fits on your upper arm. This is because these types of monitors are generally more reliable.
However, if a cuff-style monitor doesn't fit well on your upper arm or you have a medical condition that makes an upper arm device unsafe or painful for you, a wrist blood pressure monitor may be considered as an alternative. (n.d.)
What are the pros and cons of wrist blood pressure monitor?
The main advantage of these devices is their portability and ease of use. They are convenient for patients with mobility issues, as they do not require the patient to bend their arm for a reading. However, wrist monitors have been known to be less accurate than the traditional arm cuffs, with certain patient factors such as arm position affecting readings.
What age can you use our blood pressure monitor?
Our blood pressure monitor is designed to be used for adults and individuals over the age of 12 years. This is in accordance with the product manual and is due to the size and fit of the cuff.
How to check blood pressure using upper Arm automatic blood pressure machine?
Here are some simple steps to follow:
- Sit down comfortably with your back straight and your feet flat on the ground.
- Roll up your sleeve or remove any tight clothing around your upper arm.
- Place the cuff of the blood pressure machine around your upper arm, approximately 1 inch above your elbow joint.
- Tighten the cuff until it snugly fits around your arm, but still allows for one finger to fit in between the cuff and your skin.
- Press the start button on the machine and remain still and quiet during the measuring process.
- Once the measurement is complete, the machine will display your systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.
How to check blood pressure using wrist automatic BP machine?
To check your blood pressure using a wrist automatic BP machine, follow these steps:
- Put the cuff on your bare wrist and make sure it is snug but not too tight.
- Rest your arm on a flat surface with the palm facing up and the cuff at the same level as your heart.
- Turn on the BP machine and secure the cuff around your wrist.
- Ensure that the machine has calibrated to your wrist size and that the cuff is snug but not too tight.
- Press the start button and remain still and quiet during the reading.
- Note the systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings displayed on the screen.
Should your arm be straight when taking blood pressure?
Yes, your arm should be straight when taking a blood pressure reading. (O'Brien, 2001) It is important to ensure that the cuff is properly placed on your upper arm and that it fits snugly but not too tight. You should also make sure that your back is supported and feet flat on the ground for an accurate reading.
O’Brien, E. (2001). Blood pressure measuring devices: Recommendations of the European Society of Hypertension. BMJ, 322(7285), 531–536.
Is it better to check BP on left arm or right arm?
It is recommended to measure both arms during the initial assessment. If a difference in readings is detected, the arm with the higher pressure should be used for diagnosis. This is in line with the 2017 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline and the seventh report of the Joint National Committee. While there is no significant difference in blood pressure between arms in healthy individuals, a difference may indicate underlying cardiovascular conditions. (Song et al., 2019)
Song, B. M., Kim, H. C., Shim, J. S., & Kang, D. R. (2019). Comparison between Right and Left Upper Arms in Detection of Hypertension. Korean circulation journal, 49(3), 267–277.
How to understand the blood pressure Readings?
Blood pressure readings are usually presented as two numbers, with the systolic pressure on top and the diastolic pressure on the bottom. Normal blood pressure ranges between 90/60 mmHg and 120/80 mmHg, while high blood pressure is generally considered to be anything above 140/90 mmHg.
Can a tight blood pressure cuff cause a high reading?
The use of a tight blood pressure cuff can indeed result in a falsely high reading. This is due to the increased pressure on the arm causing a restriction of blood flow. It is recommended that medical professionals utilize an appropriately sized cuff to ensure accuracy in blood pressure measurements. Factors such as cuff size, placement, and technique are crucial in obtaining reliable results.
Why is the first blood pressure reading always high?
This may be high due to various factors, such as anxiety, caffeine intake, smoking, and even a full bladder. Another reason is the "white coat syndrome," where a person's blood pressure increases due to the presence of a healthcare provider. Inaccurate measurement technique may also lead to an elevated reading.
Is there a difference between pulse and blood pressure?
Yes, while heart rate measures the number of times the heart beats per minute, blood pressure measures the force of blood pushing against the walls of arteries as it flows through them.
Pulse Oximeter FAQ
Which blood pulse oximeter is best for home use
The ChoiceMMed Finger Pulse Oximeter is a top contender for the best blood pulse oximeter for home use. It's suitable for both kids and adults, with fast and accurate readings and a colored OLED display for excellent readability day or night. It features an auto power-off function after no finger is detected, a one-button operation, and 30 hours of continuous use. Its light and compact design makes it easy to use and travel with.
How accurate is a home blood oxygen monitor?
Home blood oxygen monitors can be accurate with proper use and calibration. However, they may not always provide medical-grade accuracy and should not replace professional medical assessments. Factors such as elevation, medical conditions, and equipment quality can also affect readings. It is important to consult a healthcare professional before making medical decisions based on home readings.
Can you use our oximeter on baby or kids?
Our oximeter is suitable for children above four years old and adults whose weight ranges from 15kg to 110kg. However, it is not recommended for babies or infants as the device is designed to fit comfortably on the finger, which may be too big for their tiny digits. It is important to consult with a pediatrician for appropriate medical devices for infants.
How to use fingertip Pulse Oximeter correctly?
To use a fingertip pulse oximeter correctly, first, make sure your hands are clean and dry. Next, turn on the device and place your finger inside the sensor. Wait for the device to register a reading and record the oxygen saturation and pulse rate displayed.
Which is the best finger for a pulse oximeter?
For accurate results, keep the pulse oximeter on your right middle or index finger of either hand and avoid using it on your ear. (An, 2022) Allow the reading to stabilize for at least a minute, or longer if it keeps changing, before recording the highest result once the reading has not changed for five seconds. It is important to follow these steps to ensure an accurate reading.
An, R., & An, R. (2022). Comparative Study of Spo2 in all the Fingers of the Hands Measured by Pulse Oximeter. The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India, 70(4), 11–12.
How long do you leave the pulse oximeter on your finger?
It is recommended to leave the pulse oximeter on your finger for at least one minute, or until the reading stabilizes. Keep an eye on the readings and wait for five seconds of no change before recording the highest result. It is important to ensure accuracy by following these steps.
How to understand the fingertip pulse oximeter Readings?
To interpret fingertip pulse oximeter readings, it is important to understand the two values displayed: oxygen saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate. A healthy individual typically has an SpO2 level of 95-100%, while a pulse rate of 60-100 beats per minute is considered normal.
What is a dangerously low blood oxygen level?
A dangerously low blood oxygen level is defined as a level at or below 88%. This can result in a range of symptoms, including shortness of breath, confusion, and even organ damage. It may be caused by a variety of factors, including lung disease, heart conditions, and high altitudes.
What is good oxygen saturation by age?
Normal oxygen saturation levels usually range from 95%-100%. However, normal levels may vary depending on age and underlying health conditions.
For example, newborns typically have lower normal levels, around 90%-95%. Elderly individuals may have normal levels closer to 90%. Any levels below 95% should be addressed by a medical professional, as it may be a sign of potentially serious health issues.
Hafen BB, Sharma S. Oxygen Saturation. [Updated 2022 Nov 23]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2023 Jan-.
Does drinking water increase oxygen in the body?
Yes, hydration through drinking 2-3 litres of water daily can significantly improve the oxygenation process. This results in 5% higher oxygen saturation levels throughout the body. (Khoo, et al., 2021)
Khoo, J., Hagemeyer, C. E., Henstridge, D. C., Kumble, S., Wang, T. Y., Xu, R., Gani, L., King, T., Soh, S. B., Puar, T., Au, V., Tan, E., Tay, T. L., Kam, C., & Teo, E. K. (2021). Effects of water stably-enriched with oxygen as a novel method of tissue oxygenation on mitochondrial function, and as adjuvant therapy for type 2 diabetes in a randomized placebo-controlled trial.
Does deep breathing increase oxygen blood?
Yes, it has been found to improve ventilation efficiency. This effect is particularly notable in high-altitude settings where slow, deep breathing has been shown to reduce systemic and pulmonary blood pressure. However, it is important to note that deep breathing does not directly impact pulmonary gas diffusion. (Bilo, 2012)
Bilo, G., Revera, M., Bussotti, M., Bonacina, D., Styczkiewicz, K., Caldara, G., Giglio, A., Faini, A., Giuliano, A., Lombardi, C., Kawecka-Jaszcz, K., Mancia, G., Agostoni, P., & Parati, G. (2012). Effects of slow deep breathing at high altitude on oxygen saturation, pulmonary and systemic hemodynamics.
Infrared Thermometer FAQ
Are all non-contact infrared thermometers the same, which is best for home use?
Non-contact infrared thermometers vary in terms of accuracy, resolution, and features. When choosing one for home use, it's important to consider the distance-to-spot ratio, measurement range, and response time. The Choicemmed Smart Dual Mode Infrared Thermometer - Bluetooth offers dual measurement modes and app-enabled data tracking, making it a reliable and convenient choice.
What is the most accurate infrared thermometer for both adults and babies in Australia?
The Choicemmed Smart Dual Mode Infrared Thermometer - Bluetooth is a highly accurate device suitable for both adults and babies in Australia, featuring dual mode measurement for forehead and ear temperature and a temperature range of 32°C to 42.9°C.
Bluetooth connectivity allows for easy data transfer and the device is designed for quick and convenient use, making it an ideal choice for healthcare professionals and parents alike.
Is our non contact infrared thermometer accurate for babies and toddlers?
Infrared thermometer is accurate and safe for babies and toddlers, with precision of +/- 0.2 degrees Celsius, it is a reliable and convenient tool for monitoring your child's health.
What is the best practice to use an infrared medical thermometer?
When using an infrared medical thermometer, it is recommended to hold the lens perpendicular to the surface being measured to ensure a tight circle border. This method provides the most accurate readings and avoids any measurement errors. Additionally, it is important to follow the manufacturer's instructions and avoid touching the lens to prevent contamination and damage.
What is the most accurate way to take a baby's temperature?
The most accurate way to take a baby's temperature is with an infrared thermometer, it measures the infrared energy emitted from the baby's body, providing a reliable, comfortable, and precise non-invasive reading in just a few seconds (Teran., et. al, 2012).
- For infants up to 2 years old - rectal method
- For children between 2 and 5 years old - rectal, tympanic, and axillary
- Children older than 5 - oral, tympanic, or axillary
Teran, C. G., Torrez-Llanos, J., Teran-Miranda, T. E., Balderrama, C., Shah, N. S., & Villarroel, P. (2012). Clinical accuracy of a non-contact infrared skin thermometer in paediatric practice. Child: care, health and development, 38(4), 471–476.
How to understand the temperature Readings?
Our infrared thermometer reads temperatures in both Celsius and Fahrenheit scales. When taking a reading, the device will display the current temperature on its LCD screen. Factors like distance from the object and the emissivity of the surface can affect accuracy. To get the most accurate reading, aim the device perpendicular to the surface, ensure it's clean, and consider adjusting the emissivity setting if necessary.
How accurate is forehead temperature for fever?
Forehead temperature readings are generally accurate when taken correctly. However, it is important to note that these readings may be affected by environmental factors such as air currents and humidity. (Teller et al., 2014)
Teller, J., Ragazzi, M., Simonetti, G. D., & Lava, S. A. (2014). Accuracy of tympanic and forehead thermometers in private paediatric practice. Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992), 103(2), e80–e83. https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.12464
Is Temple temperature higher than forehead?
Temple temperature readings may be slightly higher than forehead readings due to the more confined space of the temple area. This can be attributed to heat radiating from other areas on the face, such as the cheeks and nose.
What age should you use a forehead thermometer?
According to recent research, forehead temperatures are accurate for children aged 3 months to 4 years old. However, for infants under 3 months old, rectal temperatures are still considered the most reliable. Ear thermometers can be used after 6 months of age (n.d.).