We have a Konica-Minolta Pulsox-300i pulse-oPulse-oximeterximeter that we lend to patients for initial sleep screening.
In some cases we can be reasonably certain that the patient has sleep problems that require referral to a sleep physician. There are however, patients whom we suspect might have sleep problems but for whom we would like more information to help determine if a referral to a sleep physician is warranted.
The pulse-oximeter is worn by that patient while they are sleeping. It records the heart rate and the concentration of Oxygen in the blood. In patients with sleep-disordered breathing, it is common for the heart rate to increase and the blood levels of Oxygen to drop when they are going through periods of inadequate airflow.
The recordings from the pulse-oximeter are uploaded to a facility in the USA, who generate a detailed analysis of the information. We don’t charge for the loan of the pulse-oximeter but there is a small fee for having the data analysed in the USA.