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Oximeter Accessories

Pulse Oximeters are made up of two main parts: the monitor and the probe. The monitor displays the information results of the readings taken. It also holds the battery, which needs to be replaced over time. The probe, or sensor, is the piece that attaches to the patient and physically monitors their information. Oximeter sensors are typically the most delicate part of a pulse oximeter and can easily be broken or damaged. As such, the SPO2 sensor is one of the most commonly replaced oximeter parts. Vitality Medical carries a large selection of oximeter parts, handheld pulse oximeter accessories, and SPO2 sensors for adults, youth, and pediatric oximeter use.

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SPO2 Accessories Features To Consider

Finger Oxygen Sensor Size

When dealing with patients in multiple age groups, the correct size of the pulse oximeter sensor is important. It is easier to get an accurate reading with an O2 finger sensor that fits properly. For instance, an adult-sized SPo2 sensor should not be used on a pediatric patient because the readings will not be accurate. Some blood oxygen sensors are designed to fit patients in two age categories. For instance, the OxiMax Disposable Oximeter Sensor will fit an infant's foot an adult's finger.


OxiMax Oximeter Sensor


Disposable Sensor Versus Reusable Sensor

Disposable pulse oximeter sensors, like the Nellcor Puritan Bennett Oxygen Sensor Probe, are designed for single-patient use. They are made with adhesive and are generally more flexible than reusable sensors. Because of the flexible material, they provide a more neutral, comfortable fit that can lead to better patient compliance. Also, because of the way they fit, disposable sensors can be slightly more accurate than their reusable counterparts. They also tend to work better for long-term monitoring.

Reusable pulse oximeter sensors, such as the McKesson Adult Reusable Finger Sensor, are made of plastic and are in the form of a clip. They can be used multiple times with multiple patients. Each one needs to be properly sanitized before being used again. Reusable sensors are typically a more cost-effective option than disposable ones and are better for short-term patient monitoring.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are the parts of a pulse oximeter?
A monitor and a probe (or sensor). The monitor contains the battery and the display. The probe is the part that attaches to the patient and takes the readings.

Is a reusable sensor better than a disposable one?
That depends on the patient, the facility, and the situation. Some patients do not enjoy using a reusable sensor due to skin irritation or a lack of comfort. Disposable sensors fit better and feel more natural, but they are not as cost-effective as reusable sensors. Some facilities may not have the budget to purchase the number of disposable sensors needed. It is best to evaluate the individual situation and purchase oximeter parts and accessories based on what is needed.

What finger is best for a pulse oximeter sensor?
The right middle finger and right thumb typically have a higher value.

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