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Pulse Oximeters, Vital for Effective Disease Management

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What is Pulse Oximetry?
Pulse oximetry is a painless and non-invasive method for measuring oxygen saturation in the blood. A small probe is clipped on the finger tip or ear lobe.  Sometimes it is just to receive a singular reading or sometimes during a hospital stay it is used for continuous monitoring.
What is Oxygen Saturation?
We breathe in air through our respiratory system where the lungs filter out nitrogen and other gasses and send the useful oxygen molecules throughout the body via hemoglobin traveling through our blood vessels. Oxygen saturation is the measurement of how much oxygen is being transported through our blood stream at any given time.
Who can Benefit from the use of a Pulse Oximeter?
Heart Attack SufferersCOPD PatientsThose with Lung CancerAnyone with AsthmaPeople in Various Kinds of Heart FailurePatients who have Contracted PneumoniaHow does Pulse Oximetry Work?
The pulse oximeter makes use of light saturation to measure oxygen saturati…

Welcome to our Oxygen Therapy Page!

Carolina’s Home Medical Equipment provides oxygen therapy and nebulizer therapy serving the Charlotte, NC area. Whether you are one of our current customers, a Pulmonologist, Cardiologist or PCP we will provide and educate you or your patients on Invacare’s homefill oxygen system allowing our patients to fill their own small portable oxygen cylinders from their Invacare concentrators.  Our oxygen patients in Charlotte enjoy their freedom and independence with an unlimited supply of oxygen. Additionally we follow up with our customers at a minimum on a semi-annual basis for oxygen concentrator checks monitoring oxygen purity levels and ensuring proper equipment function.We also supply oxygen concentrators, portable oxygen including portable oxygen concentrators, a full line of oxygen supplies and 24 hour emergency oxygen service year round including respiratory therapists in the Charlotte area.  If you are in need of oxygen equipment or oxygen supplies for your oxygen …

How Often Can You Use the EMS System on the Same Muscle Groups?

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EMS, or Electrical Muscle Stimulation is a type of fitness enhancement device that involves using a low-level electric current to cause muscles to contract, helping them improve in strength and appearance. Electrical Muscle Stimulation originated in Soviet Russia in the 1950's as a way of increasing athletes' physical strength and muscle tone. Its creator was Dr. Y. Kots of the Central Institute of Physical Culture in the former USSR. Dr. Kots introduced Electrical Muscle Stimulation to the rest of the world when he presented a paper about his discovery at Concordia University in Montreal. There, he outlined the tremendous potential for using Electrical Muscle Stimulation as strength enhancer.

As early as the 1970s, EMS was used in the United States, primarily as a means of rehabilitating injured muscles. It was used in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, but was fairly rare and unknown by the public. EMS' effectiveness as a muscle builder (compared with conventional exe…

How Electrical Stimulation Is Used in Physical Therapy

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Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy, also known as PEMFT or just PEMF, is cure method that uses magnets to generate pulsing, moving energy which is thought to change what sort of body copes with pain. It is FDA-approved to fuse bones, and in addition has been cleared using devices to reduce inflammation and joint pain. The remedy has been used to take care of pain and edema in smooth tissues for more than six generations now. PEMFT uses electricity to direct some magnetic pulses through injured structure whereby each magnetic pulse induces a tiny electrical signal to stimulate cellular repair. Intensive research has firmly proven that tissues like blood, muscle, ligaments, bone and cartilage respond to biophysical input, including electrical and electromagnetic fields. TENS, when properly used, is normally safe. If you believe you would like to try TENS for back pain, get hold of your doctor. The strategy works differently for differing people, and it’s really not for everyone. Your physician m…

Why a Pulse Oximeter Could Be Your New Favorite Training Gadget

Although pulse oximeters are ubiquitous in medical settings, only recently have they become available for athletes. These small but powerful devices can give you a snapshot of your body’s ability to process oxygen, which is a key factor in performance if you live or train at altitude, or tend to overtrain. Here we’ll investigate how these devices work, and how you might use them to optimize your performance.
What is a pulse oximeter?
A pulse oximeter is a device that measures blood oxygen levels (oxygen saturation or SpO2) by estimating the percentage of oxygen bound to hemoglobin in the blood. Pulse oximeters are small, portable, non-invasive and painless; they’re so convenient that they’re often used by pilots and people who work or train at high altitudes. Simply clip it to your (or your athlete’s) finger, and it will give you an accurate data reading.
How does a Pulse Oximeter work? When oxygen is inhaled into the lungs, it attaches to hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells). The re…

Uses and Benifits of Finger Pulse Oximeter

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A pulse oximeter is a device intended for the non-invasive measurement of arterial blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) and pulse rate. Oximeters are widely used in hospitals, medical clinics, operating rooms, and homes. Both oxygen saturation level and pulse rate are vital signs of a patient. Oximeters are inexpensive and can report an accurate reading within seconds. Speed is important especially in an emergency situation. Pulse oximeter is used medically by patients with asthma, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic obstructive airway diseases (COAD), and other respiratory conditions. Patients with serious respiratory problems should have their SpO2 levels check regularly and especially if they are not feeling well. For many patients, doctors often recommend exercise to improve their physical stamina and overall fitness. However exercise can result in increasing shortness of breath. Patients should monitor their oxygen saturation with pulse oximeters while exerci…

TENS Unit Electronic Pulse Massager and It's Benifits

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Do you know the Benefits of TENS Unit? If not, it is not too late. If you have Back Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Tendinitis, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain etc. You probably have seen a doctor and a painkiller temporarily relieved your pains but if you are looking for something permanent, and something you can carry in your bag and use whenever you need, TENS Unit Device is just something for you. It is easy to use, easy to handle and most importantly it doesn’t cost a fortune to you. What is a TENS Unit? TENS Unit is the short version of Trans-cutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. Trans-cutaneous means something applied across the depth of the skin. In our case, it is the low electric current that mimics our nerve system and it reduces the muscle pain as a simple explanation. In today’s world, most white collar office workers who are over 40 years old mostly complain about back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain. Even you do exercise every day, it will not help to pain not onl…

The Right Time to Take Vitamin B12 Supplements

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Vitamin B12 is essential to healthy red blood cell formation and proper neurological functioning, but a lot of people who are deficient go undiagnosed. Your doctor can help you determine if you are in need of a supplement to bring you up to healthy levels. Vitamin B12 is prevalent in foods, but you can also get it through supplements that come in various forms, including injectable, sublingual and oral. The type that’s best for you depends on the reason for your deficiency and your preferences. Rate and Risk of Deficiency Vitamin B12 deficiency may affect as much as two-fifths of the population, suggested the Framingham Offspring Study published in 2000. Symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, tingling arms and legs, brain fog, loss of appetite and diarrhea. Vegans and vegetarians are at particular risk of deficiency because B12 naturally occurs only in animal-derived foods, such as meat, eggs and dairy. People with chronic digestive problems, such as Crohn's disease and celiac d…

Is Water Flossing Better Than String Flossing for Dental Care?

Let me paint a situation for you. You have your dentist check-up tomorrow and you’re madly flossing because you’re worried about your bleeding gums. The main worry you have is that you promised your dentist at your last appointment (which was longer ago than you’d like to admit) that you would floss this time around.
As a dentist for a long time, I saw patients that simply didn’t floss. I heard every excuse in the book. Naturally, I wondered if there was a better way to floss. Bleeding gums and periodontal disease is a common and serious problem. Even though flossing, in my opinion, was helping my patients, I felt that the larger picture was that we were losing the battle.
Is there a magic solution to this situation? Many of my patients ask if there’s an alternative to flossing. Well, until recently, my answer was no. However, water flossers have provided an interesting alternative to our traditional string and finger method. Water Flossing: Solution to an Age Old Dentist's ProblemSi…

Benefits of L-Arginine and L-Citrulline

L-arginine and L-citrulline are two amino acids that have potential therapeutic uses. A relationship between the two exists in that L-citrulline is converted into L-arginine once inside the body. Therefore, L-citrulline is sometimes supplemented to increase levels of L-arginine. Being a precursor to L-arginine, L-citrulline can potentially be used as treatment for the same conditions as L-arginine, in addition to being used as a sports supplement.
Arginine Background L-arginine works primarily through increasing nitric oxide levels in the blood. Higher nitric oxide levels relax and dilate blood vessels, thus increasing blood circulation to various organs, including the heart, skin and sexual organs. L-arginine is a conditionally essential amino acid, meaning the body can normally manufacture a sufficient supply, although times of stress or injury can deplete the body's supply. Many foods, including meat, dairy products, fish, poultry, nuts and chocolate, are good sources of L-argin…

10 Steps to Accurate Manual Blood Pressure Measurement

Working for a company that develops blood pressure monitoring devices and technologies, I deal with blood pressure on some level every day. We make accurate and reliable blood pressure measurement our business...literally. So, it only makes sense that we should care about accurate blood pressure measurement from a fundamental perspective, which is the inspiration for my first blog post. As most readers probably know, the typical method for blood pressure measurement has long been the manual auscultatory technique with a mercury column or mechanical aneroid sphygmomanometer. However, with the benefits that automated BP devices provide with a repeatable standardized technique and removal of observer bias, there has been a shift towards automated devices in clinical practice. As the American Heart Association (AHA) states in their most recent recommendations for blood pressure measurement, "there is a role for (automated) devices in office use, both as a substitute for traditional (m…