Many patients who have contracted COVID-19, are not meeting the required criteria in order to be admitted to hospital. Patients are asked to ‘go home and rest’ instead.
Using a digital thermometer and a portable finger pulse oximeter COVID-19 patients can accurately monitor their body temperature and blood oxygen percentage at home.
Information collected from these devices will help the patient, their family and their physician decide on whether to adjust the treatment plan or possibly admit the patient to hospital.
EKLA Digital Thermometer (EDTS-100U) 60 second readout, designed for oral, axillary, and rectal temperature measurement. FDA approved.
Body Temperature Current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say you should seek immediate treatment if you have: • Trouble breathing. • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest. • New confusion or inability to rouse. • Bluish lips or face. Diagnosing milder COVID-19 symptoms requires the use of a thermometer to check for low-grade fever of between 99°F and 101°F and to monitor higher fevers if they are present. For those recovering from a suspected COVID-19 case, guidelines state that you can leave isolation after, "You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)."
EKLA Finger Pulse Oximeter (E02-1001) Monitors both blood oxygen saturation levels and heart rate, extremely accurate and easy to use, lightweight, and comfortable. FDA approved
Blood Oxygen Percentage According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 progresses to severe pneumonia when the signs of difficult breathing are present and a patient's oxygen saturation, or the amount of oxygen carried by the blood, is equal to or less than 93%. As anyone who has ever spent time in a hospital bed knows, this is a critical measure of illness that is routinely and constantly monitored for patients. As soon as you are admitted to hospital, a small clip goes onto your finger to monitor you blood oxygen saturation. This same technology is available for home use. This device that measures your blood oxygen saturation is called a finger pulse oximeter and the readings are often referred to as "pulse ox.” For a patient worried about difficulty breathing, knowing their blood oxygen levels remain within the normal range can be very reassuring. Stress, anxiety and breathing have an interesting relationship in the body, as shortness of breath can also the side effects. Checking your pulse ox at home can reassure a patient feeling a tightness in the chest. Knowing that a patient's pulse ox has been steadily declining helps doctors know when to recommend a person go to the hospital in this crisis.