I hope everyone is well and staying safe😊 .
We wanted to post something about the use of pulse oximeters as these generate lots of discussion on here.
For Asthma: pulse oximeters are NOT currently recommended as part of an asthma care plan (unless specifically directed by an appropriate health professional), this is because they can prevent people from accessing emergency advice by giving a false sense of security. The best way to monitor your asthma is with a Personal Asthma Action Plan (PAAP) asthma.org.uk/advice/manage..., being aware of worsening symptoms, extra use of your reliever inhaler and drops in peak flow readings - these should direct you to get extra support/help from a health professional.
For COVID: Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead for Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, said, “At this stage, while the use of pulse oximeters in response to COVID is still being examined, it remains really important that before testing at home, people talk to their health care professional. Home use oximeters, which are available for sale online and in chemists, and can be used to measure the levels of oxygen in your blood, can sometimes give poor or inaccurate measurements. It is vital that anyone with questions on using a pulse oximeter at home speaks to a health care professional for advice. Any monitoring done at home needs to be part of a clear management plan and is not a substitute for clinical advice. Anyone worried about their symptoms should speak to a health care professional.”