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Vol. 16 - Num. 64

Clinical Reviews

Fingertip pulse oximeters: a new tool for self-care in asthma?

Miguel Ángel Zafra Antaa, Juan Medino Muñozb, L Navas Martínc, P Hernando López de la Manzanarac

aServicio de Pediatría. Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada. Fuenlabrada. Madrid. España.
bBiblioteca Hospitalaria. Hospital Universitario de Fuenlabrada. Madrid. España.
cEstudiante de Medicina. Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. Alcorcón. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: MA Zafra. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Zafra Anta MA, Medino Muñoz J, Navas Martín L, Hernando López de la Manzanara P. Fingertip pulse oximeters: a new tool for self-care in asthma? Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2014;16:317-20.

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In the overall treatment of asthma is a priority to know the state of knowledge and attitudes of children, their families and their environment (schools, sports), and also what resources are available of them. Some pediatricians in primary care, pediatric pulmonologists, and other health health caregivers, they use a finger Pulse Oximeter recently. And now many patients also use them.

We wonder: do the patients with chronic respiratory pathology use finger Pulse Oximeter? Is this technology easily accessible? Is it advisable?

We present a real case, and also type-case of use of finger Pulse Oximeter and its utilities in primary care, emergency and specialized.


Asthma Pulse oximeter, fingertip Self-monitoring



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