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Use Technology To Help Treat Sleep Apnea

July 10th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Health

When pulse oximeters were first debuted in hospitals and other health care facilities, patients were relegated to their bed where they were unable to move around freely. Now that portable pulse oximeters can be found in the bedroom of every sleep apnea patient, there are a few technological advancements that you should be aware of. First, all newly manufactured pulse oximeters are wireless and portable. Thanks to Bluetooth technology, hours of patients’ data can be transmitted via the Internet in real time. This is especially important because a sleep apnea patient can be saved if he or she suddenly stops breathing while sleeping.

Because the pulse oximeter monitors both blood oxygen saturation levels and pulse rates electronically, physicians can keep track of their patients on a continuous basis. New pulse oximeters also come with LED display screens and run on long life batteries. This means that users can check their vital signs nearly 100 times before they need to replace or recharge their batteries.

Another feature that is new to pulse oximeters is Windows based programs. Data from multiple patients can be uploaded and stored conveniently within one spreadsheet thanks to changes in printing capabilities. More frequently, pulse oximeters that have memory stick slots are being used by patients that need to record data for future analysis. Although Bluetooth technology is still preferred, this option is useful for those that are participating in long-term sleep studies.

While some pulse oximeters have detailed display screens, they are still not capable of telling users whether or not their blood saturation levels are within a safe range. Scientists and health care professionals are currently working on new technologies that will help casual users to analyze their own data. You can find the most technologically advanced pulse oximeters online and though CPAP supply mail order catalogs.