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how does oximeter work

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Measure light: When hemoglobin in blood carries oxygen it is a slightly different shape than when not carrying oxygen. Different shape causes different absorption of ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Julie Abbott
44 years experience Preventive Medicine
In fact,: the oximeter is so sophisticated that it only measures the substance that has "changing absorbance" (arterial blood"); it is able to disregard "non-ch ... Read More
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Symptoms: A pulse oximetry reading with no symptoms above 92% is considered safe. Movement of your arm can cause a misreading.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Device: It is a device that measures the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. A sensor is placed over a finger and measurements are taken and recorded by th ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arabinda Behura
10 years experience Hospital-based practice
Complicated..: Tells your average blood glucose level over 3 months period, actual biochemical mechanism is complicated..
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Airway splint: CPAP forces positive pressure into the nose/ mouth or both. It acts as a pneumatic splint to open up a closed airway. It can provide pressure when y ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Nitroglycerin: It dilates veins decreasing the blood return to the heart and unloading the ventricles. To a lesser extent it dilates arteries. These effects decrease ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kyle Shank
12 years experience Dentistry
Antiseptic: Listerine works based on the 'essential oils' it contains. These essential oils act as an antiseptic to kill off the bacteria in the mouth that cause ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laurence Green
37 years experience Bariatrics
Waste of money: I've seen a lot of patients that had no results with lipozene. They use, as most tv ads for weight loss products, very clever, but deceptive ads. As a ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Lisinopril: Lisinopril is used for many things. For blood pressure changes can be seen in a week or so. For heart failure and other uses it can take 6 weeks or mo ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Salbutamol: It is a bronchodilator.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Gonzalez-mendoza
41 years experience Pediatric Endocrinology
Look at a strip: Glucose meters today work by detecting currents generated by a reaction of glucose (sugar) which is oxidized. If you look at the srip it has a bed wh ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Messina
34 years experience Aesthetic Medicine
Remove skin: MDA is a technique of removing the outer layers of the epidermis without causing a lot of trauma or bleeding. Several things exist from fine sand to d ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Immediately: It absorbs within 45 mins of ingesting a dose and gets to work right away.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Gaffney
24 years experience Psychiatry
Phentermine: Phentermine is a central nervous system stimulant (much like the ADHD medications). Hope that helps!
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
INSULIN: Transports sugar molecules from the bloodstream to inside the cells, so they can utilize glucose for energy.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Use glucose: Insulin allows the cells of the body to utilize the sugar that are floating in the blood. This sugar comes from the food you eat or sometimes from th ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Disinfectant: A disinfectant works by destroying microorganisms.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sublett
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Failed Smell Test: Zicam (zinc gluconate; matrixx initiatives, inc) was originally introduced as a homeopathic remedy for the common cold. In 2009, the fda ordered zicam ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Carter
29 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Stimulant: Increases heart rate and blood pressure.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience Cardiology
An ICD?: If you are referring to an implanted cardioverter defibrillator it works as follows: it detects fast heart beats above a threshold set by the cardiolo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Abacavir: Abacavir works as a nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor against Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Otherwise known as: Ammonium bituminosulfonate, this works to help the skin heal, I will tell you as a dermatologist in US I have never written for it. There are many gre ... Read More

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