Centre Issues Guidelines For COVID Patients On Use Of Oximeter


New Delhi: The Centre has shared an eight-step guideline for COVID patients on how to check the oxygen level.

Here are the steps:

  • Before placing your finger inside the oximeter, remove nail polish, false nails etc., and warm your hand by rubbing against each other, if it’s cold.
  • Before taking the measurement, one should rest for at least five minutes.
  • Rest your hand on your chest at heart level and hold it still.
  • Then switch on the oximeter and place it on either the middle or the index finger.
  • The reading may fluctuate. Wait for it to be stable. Keep the oximeter in place for at least a minute or longer if the reading is not stable.
  • Record the highest result once it has not changed for five seconds.
  • Identify each recording carefully.
  • Start recording from baseline and record three times a day at the same time.



Covid-19 patients have also been asked to take a 6-minute walk test in which one should check the oxygen level before and after six minutes of walking inside the room. If there is a fluctuation of 4 per cent or more, then hospital admission may be required.

For better oxygenation at home, the Centre has also asked Covid-19 patients ti try self proning where one has to lie face down with the support of 4-5 pillows.

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