How to use Pulse Oximeter: Step-by-step guide

Fingertip pulse oximeter

Step 1: Remove any nail polish/false nails & warm your hand if cold.

Step 2: Rest for at least 5 minutes before taking your measurement.

Step 3: Rest your hand on your chest at heart level & hold it still.

Step 4: Switch on the oximeter & place it on your middle or index finger.

Step 5: The reading takes time to steady, Keep the oximeter in place for at least        a minute or longer if the reading is not stable.

Step 6: Record the highest result once it has not changed for 5 seconds.

Step 7: Identify each reading carefully.

Step 8: Start recording from baseline & record three times a day at the same time. Take extra measures if you feel a change in your health.


Note: Call 1075 if you:

  • Feel seriously ill.
  • Are unable to complete short sentences, while resting, due to breathlessness.
  • Your oxygen level is 92% or less.




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