Athletes with asthma, Pulse oximeter use.

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Nivz
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   Posted 1/31/2012 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am a student at Georgia Institute of Technology, I have been given the task of redesigning a pulse oximeter, I would like to target my design towards athletes, specifically those suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions, I would like to gain some information from anyone in the community who currently uses an oximeter. Preferably those who use them during physical activity to monitor oxygen saturation. I need information on how you used the unit, things you liked about it, things you didn't, what improvements need to be made etc. Additionally would anyone see the benefit of having a unit that continually monitored oxygen saturation levels during strenuous activity.

like2bfit
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   Posted 2/2/2012 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I am a respiratory therapist with horrible Asthma.
I used pulse ox's daily when I was working.

We did pulmonary stress test on patients who were having SOB during activity, starting pukmonary rehab or just because the doctor ordered them...lol to that.

What I found annoying was the finger probe. They come off too easy. Even the wrap around type probes will not stick when someone is sweating. Also, any movement skews the reading. If someone is moving their body, exercising, your reading is going to not be accurate.

Our hospital had a few of the pulse ox's that used forehead probes. They were much better. You put them on the forehead and they were held in place by a headband. We used those for patients doing 6 minute walk tests and patients with poor circulation. They work really well.

The you have the ear probe,which I never found to give an accurate reading. The SAO2 never matched the SAo2 on the ABG that we would draw.

If you could design a pulse ox that did not require a wire from the probe to the reading unit...you'd be a millionaire! for real! That wire is a pain in the arse. Oh shoot, they already have a finger type one like that. However, it is spring loaded and does not endure long without falling off.

Can't type anymore right now...bet you are glad. I do have a little bit more to add,if you are interested. smhair

Nivz
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   Posted 2/3/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, that was really helpful and i am really thankful, the more information i get the better, i currently have a few concept ideas, one being a sport headband, I had gotten mixed information about the forehead sensor and initially avoided it completely but from the way you have described it i think i need to investigate that further. Remember my target user is an asthmatic individual with an active lifestyle, I have read that there is a correlation between oxygen saturation and prediction of attacks, so the headband would in theory continually monitor the users vitals while exercising. Finding information on people exercising and using the Pulse ox is really hard, so this is really great.
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