Problems with evaluating readings of pulse oximeters used at home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic


  • Anna Romana Cysewska-Sobusiak Poznan University of Technology



The author presents the problems related to pulse oximetry, taking into account both the current state-of-the-art as well as her own long-standing experience in this field. The COVID-19 pandemic continues and has raised interest in home application of pulse oximeters due to their potential benefit, which may be warning of a drop in blood oxygenation due to lower respiratory capacity. However, it should be emphasized that these devices have limitations, both of a physiological and technical nature, and some problems related to the reliability and scope of the measurements still remain unresolved. Phenomena which limit processing reliability of the quantity to be sensed, i.e., the oxygen saturation SaO2%, are presented. Specific groups of affecting factors are distinguished in an approach of their contribution to the measurement uncertainty components.

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Author Biography

Anna Romana Cysewska-Sobusiak, Poznan University of Technology

Professor of Metrology and Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, Poznan University of Technology, Poland 




How to Cite

Cysewska-Sobusiak, A. R. (2021). Problems with evaluating readings of pulse oximeters used at home during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Photonics Letters of Poland, 13(1), 19–21.