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As a medical facility, your main role is to provide the most complete diagnosis and treatment to every patient that walks in your door or is brought in by ambulance. One of the most important measurements your staff of doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians can take is the patient's SpO2 or blood oxygen saturation level, as this is an indicator of how well their lungs, heart and circulatory system are functioning. oximeters are used to do this, and no facility should ever be without several on hand at all times.

When it comes to oximeters, you have two basic choices that are then sub-divided further by brand and style, at which point you will have to make the final call based on your specific needs, and, of course, your budget. The first type is the stationary unit that has, in one form or another, been around for several decades. These units are typically mounted on a cart, or are included in a complete monitoring station that is plugged into the wall for power. They connect to the patient via a long lead, and often feed telemetry directly to a monitor at the nurses' station when used in a patient's room.

Portable oximeters Have Earned Their Place

While the stationary models have many uses and are perfect for use in the operating room or a patient's room, where having a lead attached to the patient is not likely to cause a problem, these units do have their limitations. One of the biggest problems with these oximeters is the fact that they are attached to the patient via a long lead. There are many times when this length of wire is going to get in the way and numerous instances where it can cause major problems. In light of this, you may want to consider adding a selection of self-contained, portable units to your inventory.

Portable, self-contained oximeters are still a relatively new diagnostic tool, but they have been designed to be just as accurate as any stationary unit. Instead of requiring a connection to a monitoring device, each of these units has a built in LED display that shows the patient's SpO2 level and pulse rates within seconds. They can be attached to a finger or a toe in the exact same manner as the older stationary units and provide you with hours of service on a single set of batteries. Your medical staff will find this style of oximeter to be very useful in any number of circumstances when they need access to this information in a hurry.

No matter what type or types of oximeters your medical facility needs, you will find that in our online catalog at the Medical Device Depot, we carry one of the largest selections of the latest models available. We carry the top brand names in the industry and always provide them at the lowest possible prices, to ensure that medical professionals always have access to the equipment they need to provide the best possible care to their patients.