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How A Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Reads Oxygen Saturation {Step By Step How To}

How A Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Reads Oxygen Saturation {Step By Step How To}

This oximeter is comfortable, lightweight and may be easily carried with you wherever you go. The display is large and well lighted for easy viewing. Batteries are included, Simply pinch open the probe, place your finger inside, turn it ON with the press of one button, then read the display to know your oxygen saturation, and pulse rate.

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from wikipedia:

Blood circulation: Red = oxygenated (arteries), Blue = deoxygenated (veins)

Oxygen saturation is the fraction of oxygen-saturated hemoglobin relative to total hemoglobin (unsaturated + saturated) in the blood. The human body requires and regulates a very precise and specific balance of oxygen in the blood. Normal blood oxygen levels in humans are considered 95–100 percent. If the level is below 90 percent, it is considered low resulting in hypoxemia.[1]Blood oxygen levels below 80 percent may compromise organ function, such as the brain and heart, and should be promptly addressed. Continued low oxygen levels may lead to respiratory or cardiac arrest. Oxygen therapy may be used to assist in raising blood oxygen levels. Oxygenation occurs when oxygen molecules (O2) enter the tissues of the body. For example, blood is oxygenated in the lungs, where oxygen molecules travel from the air and into the blood. Oxygenation is commonly used to refer to medical oxygen saturation.

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Free SoClean 2 Giveaway {Subscribe on Youtube and Win}

Free SoClean 2 Giveaway {Subscribe on Youtube and Win}

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Catch This NFL Fans, The SoClean CPAP Cleaner Is On Sale Now

Catch This NFL Fans, The SoClean CPAP Cleaner Is On Sale Now

These days it’s hard to know when a catch is a catch. Tonight I watched the Eagles vs Patriot’s in Super Bowl 52, and at one point the Eagles scored a clear catch…and after the review, the catch was up-help as a catch indeed, I think they finally got it right!! There a quite a number of football players and fans alike who use CPAP today, and I want to share this amazing new CPAP Cleaner to you all!! The video below explains how easy it is to clean your CPAP SLeep Therapy equipment everyday!!

Watch this SoClean 2 CPAP cleaner review and as a guest here, use this link to get your SoClean 2 at the best price possible with no coupon code required. The discount is automatic!! I haven’t seen a price this low anywhere, not on Amazon, Ebay, or even Wal Mart will one find a better deal, or a lower cost. For an automatic 10% discount, no tax, and FREE shipping (in the continental US). shop for my SoClean now

CPAP cleaning has never been a favorite chore for those to whom I have provided machines over the years, however it is clearly the second most important part of using CPAP therapy for OSA Sleep Apnea. The most important factor for CPAP sleep therapy is compliance, I mean, you have to actually put the mask on and use your CPAP every night in order for it to improve your apnea. So, compliance with CPAP is an entirely separate blog post for future reference, and I have a lot of great ideas in that area which have been proven to work well.

Cleaning your CPAP, hose, mask, and water reservoir is crucial to healthy long term use of CPAP. First, I will explain why, and later down this post, I’ll share with you how to get those dirty bugs out of your system.

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CPAP bacteria and mold LOVE this environment which is dark, wet, and warm.

WHY?????

Why should I clean my CPAP? : Most users of CPAP are instructed by their provider to keep the equipment clean at the time of the original set up, however these instructions have been known to be ignored by the CPAP users more than a few times. Mold, bacteria, and other germs, and bugs love three things more than anything else. These are 1 warmth, 2 moisture, and 3 darkness. This is exactly the environment offered by your CPAP machine. Not cleaning your CPAP is basically sending an invitation to germs:

“Hello germs, we are having a party in the CPAP, and all are invited!”

Understanding that this environment is adored by the germs goes a long way toward cleaning inspiration. The more mold, bacteria, and other germs are present, the greater opportunity they have to infect your airway. This may manifest itself as a simple cold, sinus infection, or possibly even a full-blown respiratory tract infection.

HOW????

Different CPAP providers may share a slightly different variation of the CPAP cleaning process. If you are told something different I recommend that you follow their advice.

Start by keeping it cleaner by using “distilled” water ONLY. No minerals means no evaporation film deposit which bacteria love as well.

Daily clean the CPAP mask or other interface with soapy water, rinse thoroughly with water and air dry. (Dawn dish detergent is great as it rinses easily)

Once to twice per week, wash the water CPAP water reservoir, hose, and mask with soapy water, rinse thoroughly, and air dry.

Occasionally, if you suspect it is needed, mix a big bowl with 1 part white vinegar, and 3 parts water solution. Place the CPAP mask, hose and water reservoir into the solution for approximately 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water and air dry.

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SOClean 2 revolutionizes the CPAP experience, making keeping your CPAP cleaning easier and more effective.

Another option to save time:

The SoClean 2 is a CPAP cleaning machine which allows user to clean their CPAP mask, hose, water reservoir, and even the water inside the reservoir automatically. No water needed. No fluids at all. This machine cleans it all by producing, and pumping ozone through the system when you aren’t using it. Each morning, you simply wake up, place the mask in the machine (leaving it completely assembled and attached to the hose), and the CPAP cleaning machine does the rest. Mold, bacteria and other germs cannot survive the ozone environment. Your system is 99.9% germ free every single day. This is a great solution. The units are not covered by insurance yet the cost is a reasonably good value considering the peace of mind and time-saving aspect.

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner Review & Lowest Price, No Coupon Code Required

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaner Review & Lowest Price, No Coupon Code Required

Watch this SoClean 2 CPAP cleaner review and as a guest here, use this link to get your SoClean 2 at the best price possible with no coupon code required. The discount is automatic!! I haven’t seen a price this low anywhere, not on Amazon, Ebay, or even Wal Mart will one find a better deal, or a lower cost. For an automatic 10% discount, no tax, and FREE shipping (in the continental US). shop for my SoClean now

CPAP cleaning has never been a favorite chore for those to whom I have provided machines over the years, however it is clearly the second most important part of using CPAP therapy for OSA Sleep Apnea. The most important factor for CPAP sleep therapy is compliance, I mean, you have to actually put the mask on and use your CPAP every night in order for it to improve your apnea. So, compliance with CPAP is an entirely separate blog post for future reference, and I have a lot of great ideas in that area which have been proven to work well.

Cleaning your CPAP, hose, mask, and water reservoir is crucial to healthy long term use of CPAP. First, I will explain why, and later down this post, I’ll share with you how to get those dirty bugs out of your system.

cpap soclean cost
CPAP bacteria and mold LOVE this environment which is dark, wet, and warm.

WHY?????

Why should I clean my CPAP? : Most users of CPAP are instructed by their provider to keep the equipment clean at the time of the original set up, however these instructions have been known to be ignored by the CPAP users more than a few times. Mold, bacteria, and other germs, and bugs love three things more than anything else. These are 1 warmth, 2 moisture, and 3 darkness. This is exactly the environment offered by your CPAP machine. Not cleaning your CPAP is basically sending an invitation to germs:

“Hello germs, we are having a party in the CPAP, and all are invited!”

Understanding that this environment is adored by the germs goes a long way toward cleaning inspiration. The more mold, bacteria, and other germs are present, the greater opportunity they have to infect your airway. This may manifest itself as a simple cold, sinus infection, or possibly even a full-blown respiratory tract infection.

HOW????

Different CPAP providers may share a slightly different variation of the CPAP cleaning process. If you are told something different I recommend that you follow their advice.

Start by keeping it cleaner by using “distilled” water ONLY. No minerals means no evaporation film deposit which bacteria love as well.

Daily clean the CPAP mask or other interface with soapy water, rinse thoroughly with water and air dry. (Dawn dish detergent is great as it rinses easily)

Once to twice per week, wash the water CPAP water reservoir, hose, and mask with soapy water, rinse thoroughly, and air dry.

Occasionally, if you suspect it is needed, mix a big bowl with 1 part white vinegar, and 3 parts water solution. Place the CPAP mask, hose and water reservoir into the solution for approximately 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water and air dry.

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SOClean 2 revolutionizes the CPAP experience, making keeping your CPAP cleaning easier and more effective.

Another option to save time:

The SoClean 2 is a CPAP cleaning machine which allows user to clean their CPAP mask, hose, water reservoir, and even the water inside the reservoir automatically. No water needed. No fluids at all. This machine cleans it all by producing, and pumping ozone through the system when you aren’t using it. Each morning, you simply wake up, place the mask in the machine (leaving it completely assembled and attached to the hose), and the CPAP cleaning machine does the rest. Mold, bacteria and other germs cannot survive the ozone environment. Your system is 99.9% germ free every single day. This is a great solution. The units are not covered by insurance yet the cost is a reasonably good value considering the peace of mind and time-saving aspect.

SoClean 2 Cost Is Cheap [Cost Lower Than Amazon]

SoClean 2 Cost Is Cheap [Cost Lower Than Amazon]

If you want a SoClean at a cheap price, the SoClean cost on www.AffinityHM.com is better than anything I have seen on amazon. (10% discount today)

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Review Travel Mini Auto CPAP [Transcend With EZEX]

Review Travel Mini Auto CPAP [Transcend With EZEX]

The best travel CPAP for the money is the Transcend Auto CPAP with EZEX (easy exhale). I reviewed this remarkable mini CPAP and provide a simple step-by-step tutorial on how to operate and buy your own Transcend travel mini CPAP. Transcend is made by Somnetics, its compact, mini size makes it perfect for travel. This CPAP is approved by the FAA for all major airlines. Here are some excellent travel tips regarding the Transcend. The transcend CPAP weighs less than one pound, it’s very quiet, and super easy to operate.
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SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaning Machine Best Price Ever [10% Off Automatically]

SoClean 2 CPAP Cleaning Machine Best Price Ever [10% Off Automatically]

If you use CPAP, you need this! Simply remove your mask each morning and place it in your SoClean (leave the hose and headgear attached).

This CPAP Cleaning unit does the rest!! It generates and pumps ozone into your circuit killing 99.9% of all bacteria, mold, etc. automatic cleaning!! This is amazing. So simple, it takes the hassle out of cleaning your CPAP. This system even cleans the water. This Super effective solution is a must for everyone. No longer can your CPAP be making you sick!! #cpap #mobile #robertsdale #soclean #free #shipping

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Sleepy At Work? [Sleep Apnea Symptom]

Sleepy At Work? [Sleep Apnea Symptom]

Apnea simply means not breathing. So anyone with sleep apnea, does not breathe adequately while sleeping. Typical cases involve an obstructive component where the airway is blocked by tissue or tongue during sleep. Most who have this obstructive apnea also snore.

Excessive sleepiness at work like this gentleman in the video is NOT normal. If you experience the fight to stay awake at work or while driving, please contact your Doctor. You may need a sleep study to find out what is going on.

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If it is determined that you have sleep apnea, it may be treated with a device called a CPAP. (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) One sleeps using this amazing machine which effectively keeps the airway open using internal air pressure through a nasal mask.

The Mayo clinic has outlined Sleep Apnea Symptoms.

Here is a great article in The Journal Of Thoracic Disease.

There are several questions to answer which will be helpful in determining the likelihood that you have sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness is just one. Here is a quick Facebook video outlining the best screening questions which will help you decide as to whether a visit to your Doctor is appropriate.

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This post is in no way intended to treat, cure, or diagnose anyone or any disease. Please contact your physician if you experience any symptoms mentioned. Affinity Home Medical provides CPAP machines on a daily basis fighting sleep apnea and helping people get better sleep.

Solutions To The 10 Most Common CPAP Problems | Mobile, AL

Solutions To The 10 Most Common CPAP Problems | Mobile, AL

CPAP can cause problems for many, especially new CPAP users. Here are the 10 most common CPAP problems, and the CPAP solutions which have worked well to resolve these issues, as I have personally witnessed in Mobile AL over the years at Affinity Home Medical.

After decades of experience providing CPAP, and producing thousands of successful outcomes, I decided to share this brief writing in hopes that you will find something here which will make you LOVE your CPAP.

Problem 1:

I don’t even know if I need CPAP!

Solution:

Try using the STOPBANG questionairre (here’s a STOPBANG link from PriorityHealth.com) to help determin if you may be a good candidate for a sleep study. Additionally I reccommend that if you are thinking sleep apnea is a possibility, GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR ASAP and discuss your options.

Problem 2:

I can’t get used to having the mask on my face or nose. I am not able to acclimate to using CPAP.

Solutions:

Try using your CPAP for a few minutes during the day while you are awake. Sit in your favorite chair, read a good book or watch TV. You will find that the more you do this (especially in the beginning), the easier it will be when it’s time for sleep.

Also, remember that it is truly difficult for some, so commitment is important. Be sure to start every night with your CPAP. If you don’t make it all the way through the night at first, it’s OK. Just keep starting the night with your CPAP, and eventually it will become a great habit.

Problem 3:

My mask leaks, the mask doesn’t fit well, or it makes my nose soar.

Solution:

If your mask is leaking then you need a new one, OR you made need to adjust the straps to make it “seat” better. If the mask is actually the correct size, and still leaks, then you may need to switch to a different brand or style all together. I find the Resmed Airfit N20, and the Swift FX also by Resmed, to be the best currently on the market. The best Full Face mask (over nose and mouth) is the Airfit F20. (your supplier will have used a sizing gauge to insure that they supplied the right one)

If your nose becomes slightly sore in the first few days, this is fairly common. The best thing to do is use a bit of gel to alleviate the sensative skin, and after a few days the soreness should disappear.

Problem 4:

I don’t have time to clean my CPAP, it is way to time-consuming and too much trouble.

Solution:

Cleaning your CPAP is a must. I understand that it takes time, but it has to be done on a regular basis, because bacteria, mold, and other organisms find this environment to be perfect. They thrive in warm, moist, and dark spaces. Doesn’t that sound like a CPAP water reservoir, mask and tubing? Yes indeed. So clean your CPAP as directed by your provider.

The SoClean CPAP cleaning machine is a wonderful solution as it is automatic and uses ozone to clean which does a very thorough job, probably even better than what you could do by hand at the sink.

Problem 5:

I can’t use my CPAP because every time I wake up and look in the mirror, I see those awful lines on my face that the CPAP mask and headgear leave. These lines stay on my face all day!! No way!!

Solution:

Try a different mask that will not leave these markings. Example: Swift FX is a Resmed nasal pillow system which comes with a pack of soft cloth wraps that when in place, provides a soft barrier and usually leaves no markings on your face.

OR

Consider that you may be tightening the straps on the headgear too much. Try this: leave it extremely loose (so loose that you KNOW it will leak), then turn on the CPAP machine, then gradually tighten it until the leaking barely stops. Test the tension by moving your head up, down, left and right. If no leaking springs up, you’ve got it right!

Problem 6:

I travel a lot, and the CPAP equipment is too bulky and cumbersome to pack. I don’t have space or time to deal with all of the CPAP equipment needed when I am on the go.

Solution:

Travel CPAPs are now available which are extremely small and quiet. Finally the price for these travel CPAP’s is affordable and well worth the cost. Mini CPAP’s are dependable and super easy for travel.

Resmed is launching the AirMini which, based on the quality equipment that Resmed produces, will likely bring Mini CPAP to a new level of performance and dependability.

Problem 7:

When I sleep with CPAP, I wake with belly bloating, pain, and lots of “gas”. I just can’t do it!

Solution:

This condition is called “aerophagia”. The cause of this is likely due to your CPAP pressure is entering into your esophagus and to your stomach. This air will cause stomach bloating, gas, and pain in your stomach. If this is the case, you should call or visit your physician today. It’s possible that your CPAP pressure is too low, or too high. It will be smart to ask your provider to check the actual pressure on your machine. Make sure that your pressure is set accurately to the pressure your physician has prescribed. Additionally, many CPAP machines offer a setting which allows exhaling pressure relief. The machine will, at the moment you begin to exhale, reduce the pressure slightly, making exhaling more comfortable and reducing the chance that air enters the esophagus. Additionally, talk to your physician or supplier about the mask you use. It may be appropriate to use a full face mask, or a chin strap with your nasal mask.

Problem 8:

I have water droplets in my CPAP mask and tubing when I use the CPAP heated humidifier. Waking up with water on my face is no fun!!

Solution:

First of all, using the humidifier is helpful for long-term success, and important. The humidified air makes CPAP compliance improve and it’s way more comfortable for the user. Water droplets will form inside the CPAP tubing when the temperature in the room is lower and colder than the temperature inside of the CPAP tubing. The bigger the difference is, the more water droplets appear. So, there are a few ways to resolve this. If you can, reduce the heat setting on your CPAP heated humidifier, this may end the problem. You may also increase the temperature in your room. If neither of these options are working, the best solution is to use a “climate line”. The climate line is a special CPAP tube which will constantly measure the temp in your room AND the temp inside the tube. The CPAP machines, which allow a climate line connection, will automatically adjust your CPAP machine’s heated humidifier to produce maximum humidity without producing “rain out” or the water droplets inside of you CPAP tube.

Problem 9:

When I use my CPAP, I wake up with an extremely dry mouth, and I am told I still snore even when I use my CPAP.

Solution:

If you are snoring while using CPAP, please contact your physician. The CPAP machine may be set too low, you may have the wrong mask, but either way, if you snore, you are not receiving good CPAP therapy. Something needs to be done to resolve the situation.

Sometimes, the dry mouth scenario indicates that your mouth may be opening in your sleep, allowing the CPAP pressure to escape. If this happens while using a nasal mask, it will likely result in the driest mouth you have ever experienced. Additionally, if air is leaking from your mouth, the CPAP pressure is not in your airway as it should be, and therefore, you may continue to snore even though you are using the CPAP. If you want to continue using a nasal interface, consider a good chin strap. If the chin strap doesn’t work, then the best option is to switch to a full face mask over your nose and mouth. This will solve the problem of dry mouth, and continuing to snore.

Problem 10:

I can’t use my CPAP because I can’t stand to keep the mask on my face! I am claustrophobic!

Solution:

There is no doubt that using CPAP can cause anxiety and a claustrophobic reaction in some people. One possible solution goes back to problem #1 where we discussed acclamation or “getting used” to your CPAP. Use it some during the day when you are awake watching TV or reading. If this doesn’t work, then talk to your physician as he/she may be able to help through a coaching plan or medication’s which I have seen helpful to some. Lastly, a simple CPAP mask change may be helpful. Consider the Swift FX as it is the best I have seen, and has helped many overcome this challenge.

This list is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. It is merely a collection of information guided by experience after decades of providing CPAP.

Please comment, or share if you know someone who could benefit from reading this information!

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