Patients with a variety of conditions from lung disease to opioid addiction can benefit from measuring blood oxygen levels with RPM using a pulse oximeter.
For COPD patients, including those with chronic bronchitis and emphysema, measuring pulse ox can catch dangerous dips and fluctuations in blood oxygen levels. They can catch exacerbations and need for oxygen therapy early.
COVID patients, especially those with a history of respiratory illness, are at risk for severe breathing issues. A pulse ox can provide early warning signs if medical care is needed.
Measuring blood oxygen levels can also help with a variety of other lung diseases, including pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia, asthma, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, lung cancer, occupational lung diseases and more. Beyond better treatment decisions, RPM and regular health coaching can help patients understand how their daily activities impact their condition.
Pulse oximetry can also help in ensuring appropriate and safe use of opioids. Opioids can depress respiratory function. A pulse ox device can be used to detect and manage shallow respirations before they have an adverse impact on a patient’s health. RPM can also help providers manage the appropriate use of opioids. If a patient is overmedicating, that may be detectable in pulse ox readings.