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Choosing a Pulse Oximeter—The Top Three Picks for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Choosing a Pulse Oximeter—The Top Three Picks for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Tracking oxygen saturation is vital for managing chronic lung disease. Which are the best monitoring devices available to the consumer?

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When choosing any medical device, an expert opinion is invaluable.

Eamonn Costello, Founder and CEO of patientMpower, gives his top three picks for fingertip pulse oximeters, or devices that measure blood oxygen saturation (SpO2). *

The following brands were selected after much field testing:

1.       Nonin 3230. PMP’s top choice, the Nonin 3230 fingertip pulse oximeter is the product of a quarter-century of experience. A small, lightweight unit that fits fingers from 0.3 to 1.0 inch in thickness, the 3230 is designed to measure oxygen saturation and pulse rate in both adults and children. Though it’s at the higher end of the price spectrum, at $199, the 3230 comes with a solid reputation among clinicians, is FDA-approved and connects via Bluetooth to the patientMpower app on Android and iOS. The user can be confident in the accuracy of the 3230, says PMP.

2.       Masimo MightSat. The Masimo comes with clinical-grade accuracy. Though it’s the most expensive choice at $299, the Masimo is used and recommended by top professionals like pulmonary wellness expert Dr. Noah Greenspan. The device’s identification code will need to be manually entered to connect to the patientMpower app on Android, but will connect automatically on iOS through the Apple Health App and Masimo Personal Health App. 

3.       Nonin GO2. While the least costly of the three at $79, PMP states that you can still be confident in the US-made Nonin brand. The GO2 doesn’t connect to Bluetooth, however, so oxygen readings will need to be manually entered into the PMP app.

Based in Dublin, Ireland, patientMpower ( is a digital healthcare company that improves patient outcomes by enabling better self-care, while informing healthcare providers and researchers with real-life data in their drive toward better treatment.

The blog article can be found at:

*Costello, E. The Top 3 Pulse Oximeters for Pulmonary Fibrosis to Measure Oxygen Saturation (SpO2). patientMpower.

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