Tracking your Oxygen Saturation Level using patientMpower
One of the measurements you can track on the patientMpower app is your oxygen saturation(SpO2), which is measured using a pulse oximeter. Not all people using the patientMpower app currently record their oxygen saturation on the platform, and you may therefore be interested to know more about this feature.
Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive procedure to monitor the amount of oxygen being carried by the red cells in your blood. Most pulse oximeters are placed on the finger.
When you breathe in oxygen from the air in your lungs it moves into your bloodstream and is carried through your body by your red blood cells (by binding to the hemoglobin in these cells). Your oxygen saturation level is actually a measure of how much of your hemoglobin is saturated by oxygen, and it is expressed as a percentage.
A “normal” oxygen saturation level is above 95% but in people with lung conditions like Pulmonary Fibrosis this level can drop as the lungs are less able to transfer oxygen across to the bloodstream. Oxygen saturation levels below 90% are considered to be below normal.
In the very early stages of your condition you may find it is not necessary to monitor your oxygen saturation levels at home if your clinic readings are always in the normal range. As your condition progresses and your breathlessness increases it may be useful to track your oxygen saturation levels at home to help you and your clinician assess when you should start oxygen therapy. If you are receiving oxygen therapy then it is very beneficial to monitor your oxygen saturation levels regularly, so you can learn to adjust the amount of oxygen you are receiving according to your level of activity.
If you already have a pulse oximeter you can record your oxygen saturation and oxygen flow-rate values on the patientMpower app using the “Add Data Manually” button. If you have a Nonin 3230 Pulse Oximeter this device can automatically connect via Bluetooth to the patientMpower app to record your oxygen saturation levels.
by Eamonn Costello