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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Concord Basics Finger Pulse Oximeter Review

A pulse oximeter is not only beneficial for emergency and in-patient care but is also a useful tool for out-patient care as well. Those who may find a portable pulse oximeter necessary may be patients with chronic cardiac and respiratory issues, patients with other varying medical conditions, people who have sleep apnea or trouble breathing during their slumber, pilots flying an aircraft where additional oxygen is needed, and even athletes who may experience decreasing oxygen levels due to strenuous exercise or high altitudes. Generally, it’s for anyone who needs to keep a close eye on their blood-oxygen saturation levels, and the Concord Basics Finger Pulse Oximeter does this and more.

With a large screen, this Concord portable pulse oximeter clearly displays your blood-oxygen saturation percentage at the bottom and your pulse rate at the top. The bright red LED screen makes the oximeter easy to read any time throughout the day, whether you’re monitoring during the light of day or the dark of night. Everything you need is labeled on the screen in front of you: your saturation percentage, heart rate, pulse strength measurements, and a low battery indicator as well. This basic pulse oximeter is child-friendly due to its straightforward design and one button operation. With a simple push of a button and clip of a finger, you can receive all of your blood-oxygen measurements and have it turn off automatically after 5 seconds of non-use. For children and adults alike, this oximeter can monitor your health with the same non-invasive method as hospitals - all in the comfort of your own home.

The Concord Basics Digital Finger Pulse Oximeter comes with the following:

  • 2-AAA batteries
  • A durable, canvas carrying case w/ belt loop hook
  • Neck lanyard
  • Shock resistant rubber cover for protection
  • Choice of 4 different colors: white, yellow, blue or black
  • Custom foam-padded packaging
  • 1 year warranty

Friday, March 28, 2014

Concord Talking Pulse Oximeter for the Visually Impaired Review

For any patient with chronic respiratory or cardiac issues, a pulse oximeter will be necessary to carefully monitor their heart rate and the oxygen saturation in their blood. The measurements taken by the oximeter is critical information, because it can help you or your doctor determine if your respiratory and circulatory system – your heart, lungs and blood – are cooperating. If you have been admitted into a hospital before, you may have noticed one of these clipped to your index finger, but this type of medical equipment does not have to be a package deal with IV tubes and beeping monitors.

The portable capability of the Concord Talking Pulse Oximeter for the Visually Impaired allows you to take the device anywhere, so you do not have to be stuck inside a sterile hospital room just to monitor your health on a daily basis. For extra portability, the pulse oximeter comes equipped with a neck lanyard and case to hook onto your belt loop. Made as one size fits all, it can also be used for both pediatric and adult purposes.

And as the name suggests, it is engineered to voice the patient’s blood oxygen saturation percentage and pulse measurements out loud for those who can’t see very well. For those who aren’t optically impaired, the device is also vision friendly with two display modes to show the LED screen to yourself and your caregiver simultaneously. The Concord Pulse Oximeter uses the most progressive technology to make your recovery and health a priority.

Other features of this product include:

  • Smart technology that allows the device to power off automatically when removed from the finger
  • A clear low battery indicator
  • A large, digital and dual colored OLED display
  • A battery life of up to 30 hours of uninterrupted operation

Friday, February 28, 2014

Top Accessories for Pulse Oximeters

When you buy a pulse oximeter for personal or medical use, you want to make the best use of it and ensure the long life of the product. And with the right accessories, you can easily do that. At Concord Health Supply,  not only do we stock the Nonin and Concord oximeters, but we also have an exhaustive selection of the oximeter accessories for all the different types of oximeters including finger pulse oximeter, handheld and tabletop oximeter. Here is our list of top accessories that you would need for your oximeter:

Oximeter Accessories


Carrying Cases, Lanyards & Wrist Bands

Provide the protection your oximeter needs and carry them with you easily anywhere with the right case. Our cases are compatible with the different Concord and Nonin oximeters available and include both soft and hard cases made specifically for each model. Around the neck lanyards are also available and have a breakaway feature for safety and convenience. Wrist bands and extensions are available particularly to use with wrist-worn pulse oximeters.

Sensors

Having a high quality sensor is important for getting the most accurate SpO2 reading. We have a variety of sensors available including articulated adult finger clip sensors with a choice of 3', 6' or 9' connectors. These are reusable and ideal when the need is for short-term monitoring, stress-testing or spot checks and cross-contamination is not likely. Also comes in a pediatric version with a 3' connector.

Cables

For oximeters in hospital setting, the long cables are needed to be able to easily move the oximeter around. You can choose from a variety of cables such as nurse call cables in either two or three meter lengths. Other cables include sensor extension cables, USB computer download cables (for WristOx2) and WristOx2 adapter cables used for connecting 3150 or PureLight 9-pin sensors. Also find a selection of serial cables for use with various PalmSAT models.

Batteries

It is important to use and replace the correct battery for oximeters. We have a variety of battery types used in pulse oximeters such as the 7.2-volt NiMH battery pack, N-cell batteries and AA 6-cell NiMH battery packs.

Power Supplies

Universal Nonin chargers are available with your choice of power cord to fit the outlet configuration of the country in which the unit will be used. We also have the complete universal charging setup for the Nonin PalmSAT 2500 that includes the power supply with cord, rechargeable battery pack, charging stand and owner’s manual.

Flex Wraps

These flexible sensors are a combination of a reusable sensor and a disposable adhesive wrap that keeps the sensor in place on the finger. Flex Wraps are available in three types: adult, infant and neonatal.

Stands

Tabletop oximeters can become portable units with the use of either of the 5-wheel rolling stands in either standard or deluxe models. Both feature adjustable pole heights and can easily bring a monitor in close proximity to a patient's bedside.

Software/Printers

The data-management software allows for the collection and retention of patient data, creation of reports and enables that data to be faxed from the computer. Special printers are available to print color graphs in large font for easy reading or condensed for inclusion on a patient's chart.

Tubing

The tubings are helpful to get a sample of EtCO2 while the patient is still breathing. It includes a NIBP (non-invasive blood pressure) tubing in a choice of straight or coiled. We also have Salter Labs® sample lines and cannulas and dual lines that deliver oxygen while simultaneously sampling CO2 levels.

Most of these accessories are important to get the best use out of your oximeters. So which of these accessories do you use regularly with your oximeters?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Nonin 7500F0 Fiber Optic Tabletop Pulse Oximeter for MRI Review

The 7500FO pulse oximeter from Nonin Medical is a compact tabletop unit suitable for home or clinical use. The unit’s wide versatility allows it to be used with patients of all ages including infants, pediatric and adult patients. Instead of an uncomfortable “clothes pin” type sensor, the 7500FO uses a toe or finger wrap-around band. The special fiber-optic sensors make it ideal for MRI patients too.

Nonin 7500F0 Fiber Optic Tabletop Pulse Oximeter for MRI


For home users who have found other oximeters to be overly technical, difficult to use and hard to read, this is the answer. Other devices may have had compatibility issues, but this device will function as a stand-alone unit or easily connect with other diagnostic equipment when necessary.  The unit even works for veterinary applications for any species with a pulse rate below 321 bpm, making it suitable for dogs, cats and most other pets. For these applications, the 8000FI-20 or 8000FI-30 infant/pediatric fiber optic sensors should be used.

This unit is a perfect example to showcase how technology is revolutionizing the field of patient monitoring. The pulse oximetry technology is PureSAT, a sensor system with an excellent track record for accuracy. Data from the fiber optic sensors is shown on a large LED display for maximum readability, and over 70 hours of memory allow the extended monitoring needed for MRI patients. An array of display indicators are shown for readings of the highest reliability. The unit’s MRI compatibility is rated 3.0 tesla and has a pulse range of 18-321 beats per minute. A quick four-hour recharge gives it a minimal 30 hours of battery life. The rugged design ensures dependable performance and long life. Its compact design, versatility and easy mobility features make it a popular unit both with MRI professional and the patient at home.

Product Features of Nonin 7500FO Tabletop Oximeter

  • Compatible with MRI machines
  • PureSAT Pulse Oximetery Technology
  • Lightweight, compact and easy to use
  • Over 70 hours of memory
  • Can be used for monitoring pediatric and adult patients.

There are a variety of accessories available for Nonin 7500FO such as carrying case, battery pack, nVision data management software, fiber optic sensors and cables. If you are looking to buy this oximeter unit, visit our website to get the best price and free shipping.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Nonin LifeSense® Tabletop Capnography & Pulse Oximetry Monitor Review

The LifeSense Capnograph & Pulse Oximeter Monitor from Nonin is the ideal solution in situations that require monitoring of both the EtCO2 and SpO2 numbers for intubated and non-intubated patients.  As of January 2014, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons has come out with new standards that requires monitoring of the vital signs of sedated patients to include end tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) readings These new guidelines are specific to care of patients undergoing moderate or deep sedation (including general anesthesia) while receiving outpatient treatment at oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS) facilities. This LifeSense monitor is the perfect unit in above situations as it a proven performer for tabletop use in a dental office, EMS, hospitals and even at home. It uses the latest Nonin technology and meets the strict guidelines of ISO for emergency vehicle use.


The unit has a continuous waveform monitoring function and may be used for the detection of irregular breathing difficulties, for verification of proper ET-tube placement and for gauging the productive success of ongoing CPR efforts. Its compact and durable design includes a WIDESCREEN™ display with a touch-sensitive panel. This display shows numerical pulse and respiratory rates as well as a large display for EtCO2 and SpO2 rates.


Main Features of Nonin LifeSense are:

  • Nonin PureSAT SpO2 technology
  • Nonin EtCO2 technology
  • Touch-panel display with Widescreen
  • Numerical pulse rate and respiratory rate display
  • Numerical EtCO2 and SpO2 display
  • 4-hour waveform trending
  • Audio & Visual Alarms

Made by Nonin, the industry leader and a recognized pioneer in the area of pulse oximetry, this unit serves both as capnograph and oximeter.  The bright, touch-sensitive, LCD display reveals both data simultaneously without the need to scroll. It comes with a rechargeable lithium ion internal battery that will operate the monitor for approximately eight hours on a full charge supplies power. Recharging time is approximately two hours for each hour of use, although the unit will continue to operate when plugged into a 110-volt outlet. You can trust this unit to provide you with accurate data from the first breath, with no warm up time required.. Recorded data can be downloaded by way of a built-in port.

Optional equipment includes a carrying case, disposable and/or reusable SpO2 sensors, sampling lines, an adjustable clamp for mounting and the TrendSense™ Memory Module.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Nonin RespSense® Tabletop Capnograph EtCO2 Monitor Review

The RespSense Capnography Monitor by Nonin is a lightweight and portable EtCO2 Monitor that successfully passes the strict ISO standards for EMS vehicles. With a powerful set of features including constant numerical end tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO2) numbers as well as respiratory rate, this Capnograph monitor ensures accurate and continuous monitoring of CO2 concentration in respiratory gases. It helps dramatically reduce unrecognized misplaced intubations and is ideal in a variety of settings such as sleep labs, EMS, dental offices, home care and hospitals where EtCO2 monitoring is necessary.


Product Features of Nonin RespSense

  • Verification of the placement of endotracheal tubes
  • Detects breath irregularity
  • CPR efficacy verification
  • Visual Waveform trend analysis
  • Widescreen display with touch-panel

The RespSense® features a LCD backlit widescreen touch display, 2 types of alarms, 90 minute EtCO2 and respiration rate trending, and a RS-232 output port. It also has the option to include sensors and sampling lines for both children and adults and memory module. Manufactured by Nonin, the industry-leading provider of capnography equipment, you can be assured of high quality standards in monitoring both intubated and non-intubated patients without the need to scroll through data on the display screen. Its compact size and rugged durability make it an essential piece of equipment wherever a fast and accurate EtCO2 reading is required.

When you order this equipment from Concord Health Supply, it comes with following items:
  • 1 unit of Nonin RespSense Capnograph monitor
  • 3 Filters
  • 3 Adult CO2 sampling nasal cannulas
  • 1 CO2 sample line (for intubated patients only)
  • 1 Straight T-Connector
  • 1 Sens PS-NA battery charger
  • 1 Protective Carrying case
  • 1 User’s Manual on CD
In addition, you also get FREE shipping and excellent customer service.

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Different Types of Oximeters

Oximeters are essential for measuring pulse rate and oxygen levels in the blood. It can be attached to various body parts, such as fingers of hands, legs, ears, wrist, and forehead. They are often used by sports enthusiast and people who need to monitor their oxygen levels. Doctors, sleep labs, medical centers, EMTS and professionals in emergency rooms also use oximeters. There are many types of pulse oximeters available that you can choose from. And thus sometimes, people are confused on which oximeter is best for them. Some of the types to consider are fingertip, wrist, tabletop and handheld oximeter. You can also choose between oximeters for adults and child.

different types of oximeters

Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (Hand And Leg)

The finger pulse oximeter is a non-invasive instrument that displays pulse rate and measures blood oxygen levels. Many instruments have multi-directional displays. The equipment can be clipped to the finger on your hand or your leg and may be equipped with internal memory that stores readings. Most fingertip oximeters are small and can be easily carried on person at all times.

Wrist Pulse Oximeter

The wrist worn oximeter is very easy and comfortable to use. The patient can wear it on the wrist. These are portable oximeters. However, when purchasing them for home use, it is recommended that PCI compliance should be ensured for accurate readings.

The patient can opt for a wrist oximeter that has features like long battery life (in case of portable oximeters), enhanced memory and which is also Bluetooth enabled. Some of the wrist equipment contains features making overnight studies easy.

Ear Pulse Oximeter

If the finger pulse oximeter is unable to take pulse reading from your finger, it can also be attached to the earlobe. But there are separate ear probes that need to be purchased.

Forehead Pulse Oximeter

Research has established that monitoring pulse at the forehead may be a better option than the earlobe or finger. Forehead probes need to have good attachment methods and digital signals for accurate reading. If they follow PCI compliance, then they can be a better alternative as they provide better readings than the other aforementioned body parts.

On observing the forehead pulse oximeters available at present, a favorable monitoring response time has been observed. It was also observed that while the response time is fast, signal strengths are low and therefore, there is a margin for error. But, new probes are being manufactured for better results.

Adult vs Pediatric Oximeters

Different oximeters are used for adults and children. The above oximeters can be used for adults as they can be adjusted and attached to different body parts. However, in children, it is more difficult to keep them stable.

Pediatric oximeters can read heart rate and measure oxygen levels from the fingers of the hand or feet. A handheld oximeter is best suited for pediatric purpose. It comes with a sensor that has been manufactured after consideration of the weight and the size of the child. In some cases, pediatricians also use forehead or ear oximeters but only if the weight of the child is over 50 lbs.

Portable vs. Tabletop Oximeters

While oximeters are easily available, their size varies according to the place of their use. For example, a person wishing to use an oximeter at home would want a portable or handheld instrument for ease of use. Similarly, professionals in emergency rooms would also prefer more portability, while a physician would want a tabletop oximeter in his office.

When measuring heart rate or oxygen levels, care should be taken so that the readings are as accurate as possible.
  • Fingers should be clear of any pigment or nail varnish.
  • Patient movement should be avoided.
In addition, any bright light shining on the probe affects the reading as does carbon monoxide poisoning and poor perfusion.

Concord Health Supply carries a wide selection of pulse oximeters for purchase. If you have any questions or want to know more about which oximeter is the best for you, please call us at 1.888.970.2999.