Pulse Oximetry Helps Identify “Silent Hypoxia” in COVID-19 Patients and Allows Remote Monitoring of Important Parameter in Respiratory Patients

Provides important information for medical providers, support to patients, peace of mind for caregivers.

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland, May 2020 — Pulse oximetry may hold the key to identifying so-called “silent hypoxia” or low levels of oxygen in the blood of some COVID-19 patients that can be present with no obvious symptoms. Pulse oximetry technology has long been used as a measurement of oxygen levels in respiratory patients, including those suffering from chronic lung disease.

Much like a blood pressure monitor can be placed on the arm to test for blood pressure, a pulse oximeter can quickly test and even continuously monitor for potentially dangerous and life-threatening oxygen level fluctuations. Pulse oximeters are small, non-invasive testing devices that provide almost immediate readings of blood oxygen levels by clipping a device on the index finger.

ForaCare Suisse AG’s PO200 is a highly accurate device designed for measuring oxygenation in the blood. It was recently ranked among the top five devices for pulse oximetry measurement by The Strategist. ForaCare’s PO200 measures arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2) and heart rate (pulse), and is FDA-cleared to be accurate within 3 percent for oxygen saturation levels from 70–100 percent.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, normal arterial oxygen is between the approximate range of 75 to 100 millimeters of mercury. Normal pulse oximeter readings usually range from 95 to 100 percent and oxygen saturation is considered low at or below 90 percent.

Paired with ForaCare’s telehealth offerings, including its iFORA O2 app, the PO200 pulse oximeter can provide information that can be seamlessly shared with caregivers and medical professionals.
To learn more, visit: https://www.foracare.ch/fora-po200.

“Many physicians recommend pulse oximeters for remote, home monitoring of many respiratory illnesses,” said Ty-Minh Tan, CEO of ForaCare Suisse AG. “We are pleased to offer a highly accurate device that provides an easy-to-use device that can detect dangerously low levels of oxygen saturation.”

Physician accounts have increased describing the “silent hypoxia” they are seeing in patients. In an opinion article written by New York-based emergency room doctor Richard Levitan, M.D., appeared in the New York Times on April 20, 2020. Levitan describes a “COVID pneumonia” that strikes people suffering from the illness, often with few or no symptoms of shortness of breath. When oxygen saturation is measured, doctors like Levitan have been shocked to see extremely low, sometimes critically low, oxygen levels in patients’ blood, and an emergency need for oxygen support.

In this COVID-19 environment globally, the need for readily available, cost-effective tools for measuring oxygen levels remotely is increasingly recommended by treating physicians and medical experts for every diagnosed patient. In addition, more people are considering having a pulse oximeter in their homes, readily available if the need arises.

Important Tools in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The new FORA® Autonomous Temperature Measuring Station allows for accurate and precise temperature readings to be provided from a location close to a person or patient without needing anyone to operate the thermometer. The system allows for temperature measurement and monitoring from a safe distance, as well as highly accurate instant readings and data capture,

The FORA Autonomous Temperature Measuring Station includes three components: An iPad for reading, monitoring and collecting data, a FORA IR 41 professional forehead thermometer that uses infra-red sensors to make a measurement at a distance of 5-7 centimeters from the patient/person whose temperature is being measured, and a medical-grade wheeled station to hold the devices and to provide for easy mobility of the system.

The FORA Autonomous Temperature Measuring Station’s thermometer, Fora IR 41, provides quick measurement with results in just two seconds and collects data using Bluetooth connectivity. The device is clinically validated with ± 0.2 ̊C accuracy and has an LED backlight display with large digits for easier viewing of readings.

Pulse Oximetry
ForaCare Suisse AG’s PO200 is a highly accurate device designed for measuring oxygenation in the blood. It was recently ranked among the top five devices for pulse oximetry measurement by The Strategist1. The device measures arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2) and heart rate (pulse), is FDA-cleared to be accurate within 3 percent for oxygen saturation levels from 70–100 percent. Paired with ForaCare’s telehealth offerings including its iFORA O2 app, the pulse oximeter can provide information that can be seamlessly shared with caregivers and medical professionals.

Remote Monitoring
The ForaCare Telehealth System allows for remote monitoring of patients via the ForaCare app as well as online and can provide real-time data to medical personnel on the status of important parameters including fever, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation among available customizable monitoring options.

For more information on our full range of health monitoring tools during the COVID-19 pandemic, and product availability, visit: https://www.foracare.ch/news-fcs-fight-covid-19

1. Adelson, I. (2020, April 28). Should You Buy a Pulse Oximeter? Retrieved May 25, 2020, from https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-pulse-oximeters.html

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