Here at CareCo, we’re proud to offer medical devices as well as mobility aids. Problems with lungs can be debilitating for patients. Struggling to breath reduces mobility and puts a strain on the quality of life. A range of conditions that affect the lungs is known as COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The Lifemax Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is a great reliever for COPD sufferers.
COPD is not a single condition, but a range of conditions. The term is used to describe similar yet disparate medical problems that put strain the pulmonary system. These include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, refractory asthma (a type that is non-reversible), bronchiectasis and much more that are signified by chronic and debilitating breathlessness. These tend to grow with age, leading to the mistaken belief that they are simply one of those things that older people get. However, this is not true.
Patients tend not to notice early symptoms. COPD conditions usually manifest themselves slowly, seeming as a normal sign of wear and tear of age such as shortness of breath. Only when it is more developed will you start to notice more serious problems. When any of the following occur, you should seek medical advice.
• Increased and problematic breathlessness that seems unusually intense
• Persistent coughing either with or without phlegm
• Wheezing when carrying out physical activity
• Regular and occurring tightness in the chest
The Lifemax Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is Here
COPD can be debilitating and if you have one of these conditions, you should certainly seek medical assistance. However, we understand your need to monitor your condition so you can do what you can (where possible) to alleviate it. The Lifemax Fingertip Pulse Oximeter is exactly what you need.
By simply slipping a finger into the hole, this tiny handheld device takes SpO2 readings (blood oxygen saturation level) and your pulse rate. If either of these readings drops to dangerous levels, it gives you an audible warning. It’s so essential to helping COPD patients that it’s used widely by hospital doctors, GPs, paramedics and other medical professionals. No COPD patient should be without it.
Most medical devices are cumbersome and heavy, and sometimes – invasive, requiring the taking of blood samples. Not the Lifemax Fingertip Pulse Oximeter. It’s small, light and discrete, fitting handily in your handbag, rucksack or coat pocket. Never leave home without it if you think you’re going to have a problem with your COPD today.
All pulse oximeters work on a simple premise, by reading your biological signs for problems. By registering your pulse rate, the machine can calculate how much oxygen your haemoglobin is carrying.
The Importance of Good Oxygen Saturation
The most important medical aspect that the Lifemax Fingertip Pulse Oximeter works is the SpO2 or “oxygen saturation”. As we breathe, oxygen enters the lungs and is filtered into our bloodstream. The network of arteries, veins and capillaries act as conduits, or railways, carrying oxygen to all of our organs through haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the train network that carries the oxygen along the tracks of the veins.
When haemoglobin contains no or low oxygen levels it is “deoxygenated”. When it contains plenty of oxygen, it is “oxygenated”. As haemoglobin effectively “offloads” oxygen into the organs, it gets darker. It then travels around the blood vessels to return to the lungs to pick up more. If you have a COPD related condition, this is inefficient. Not enough oxygen gets into your haemoglobin and consequently, not enough goes to your major organs. When diseased lungs fail to collect enough oxygen to place into the haemoglobin, we become less energetic, get ill and struggle with daily tasks. It can also lead to secondary illnesses.