Home Medical device - Pulse Oximeter

Medical device - Pulse Oximeter



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Physical Description

White and blue plastic Pulse Oximeter. The front has a digital display screen. It is hinged so it can be attached to the end of a finger. Used for measuring blood oxygen levels.

Object history

A pulse oximeter is a noninvasive device that estimates the amount of oxygen in your blood. It does so by sending infrared light into capillaries in your finger, toe, or earlobe. Then it measures how much light is reflected off the gases.

Associated Event

Associated Person

Nightingale, Eithne




Height: 31mm
Width: 35mm
Depth: 55mm

Exhibition Label

From 'Hackney during the pandemic':

Life Under Lockdown on Mehetabel Road and Isabella Road in Hackney, 2020

Pulse oximeter
Used by Eithne Nightingale, Isabella Road, March 2020

Eithne fell ill with suspected Covid-19 at the start of the first lockdown. Whilst self-isolating at home, she used this pulse oximeter to measure her blood oxygen levels. At a time of great anxiety, the oximeter readings gave her reassurance that her oxygen levels were fine and that she didn't need to go to hospital.

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Pulse Oximeter

Made in China
Shenzhen Acurio Instruments Co. Ltd