Saturday, 17 October 2020
Oximeters are being used to check a person’s vitals as a way of mapping their condition after testing positive for Covid. Multiple cases that have come to light, however, show that the oximeter readings may not be reliable. The readings for a lot of India-bought oximeters fluctuate a lot depending on the posture of the patient.
Despite oximeters being a key inclusion in many Covid kits, health experts have seriously doubted their efficacy. A part of the reason for the poor accuracy of these devices in India is that the regulations guiding their standards and quality levels are yet to be implemented fully. In the absence of critical oversight, experts say oximeters flooding the Indian market may not be fit for use.