Last updated on May 13th, 2023
ir Are you looking for the best pulse oximeter in India? Here is my review of Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter which I purchased online in 2021 from Amazon when the 2nd wave of covid was hitting India. A senior doctor at AIIMS recommended checking oxygen levels and this review is still relevant because Dr Trust Professional Series Finger Tip Pulse Oximeter (202) is still recommended by my doctor to check my father’s vitals. Plus, it is still among the best-selling oximeters in India for home use in 2023.
In this article, I will cover the following pointers:
- Why is a pulse oximeter an important medical instrument during this pandemic?
- How does it help mitigate the risk of the virus by measuring your blood oxygen levels?
- A pulse oximeter uses and purposes for athletes & mountain climbers.
- And why only the Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter?
But, before that, let’s know, what is a pulse oximeter in the first place.
What is A Pulse Oximeter?
A pulse oximeter is a medical device that measures the oxygen levels in your blood. In simple words, it checks how effectively your heart is sending oxygen through your body.
The device is used in hospitals for various purposes. People with a heart or lung condition have this at home. In the current situation, people tested with Covid-19 have it as a self-treatment tool.
You can buy this for yourself as a precautionary tool. As we all know, COVID-19 causes injury to a person’s lungs. Consequently, the adequate flow of oxygen is hindered and the person develops low oxygen levels resulting in severe conditions.
In short, a pulse oximeter is a small device that slides over your hand’s finger and measures how well the oxygen is being transferred to the red bloodstream.
Why Did I Need A Pulse Oximeter At Home?
1. At Covid Times
The covid-19 virus had turned the world upside down. None of us imagined such a scene even in our faintest dreams that our world would collapse like this. Lot many people not only lost their source of income but also lost their beloved ones.
And the worst part is that situation didn’t seem to get better. With the second wave in India, the virus became more deadly and dragged people into a more critical health condition.
I discussed the same with a Senior Doctor at AIIMS (one of the best hospitals in India). According to her, most of the people who lost their lives were not exactly aware of the course of action they had to follow when they first saw the Covid-19 symptoms.
She said, most people confused their sudden respiratory problem with fatigue, in which they didn’t monitor their Oxygen Saturation level. And they sought medical help only when their oxygen level fell below a reasonable level (I will tell you later in the article what is the reasonable level of oxygen below which one should seek medical assistance).
People thought that they were feeling tired due to overwork or for any other reason, but in reality, their oxygen level was going down due to which they fell short of breath very easily.
The solution: regular monitoring
So, after discussing with her, we concluded that we can still beat this deadly virus if we stringently keep our precautions and regularly monitor any change in our bodies.
Other than wearing a face mask and maintaining Social distancing, it is equally important to monitor oxygen levels at regular intervals to exactly know when they should consult a doctor.
Since the virus directly affects our lungs, it is bound to affect a person’s breathing and would ultimately cause an oxygen deficiency. Thus, it is recommended to keep a pulse oximeter at home as a measure of precaution to keep a check on your oxygen level.
2. Other Uses of Oximeter
After covid, I again needed it when my father’s sugar levels shot up and the doctor asked us to keep checking on his oxygen levels. His doctor also approved Dr Trust Professional Oximeter (202) which we already had at home.
Besides it, you may need an oximeter:
- if the doctor suggests you for asthma, heart, lung or any other condition.
- mountain climbers, athletes, pilots, or people who go to high altitudes need it to keep a check on their oxygen levels.
Which is the Best-Rated Oximeter in India
Now comes the question of which is the best oximeter in the Indian market. There are hundreds of companies that are making oximeters, but not everyone can be trusted.
Since it is very important to have a reliable oximeter device that would give the correct oxygen reading. Doctors should choose the one that is most trusted.
Here in this article, I will tell you about the most trusted oximeter suggested by doctors all over the world. It has a reputation for giving accurate results.
I am talking about the “Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter Professional Series (202)” which the doctor suggested and I ordered it for myself as well.
Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter Review India (Professional Series Finger Tip Pulse Oximeter/202 model)
To be honest, I wasn’t sure earlier whether investing an amount of INR 2,500 in a precautionary tool is worth it or not. But as I mentioned above, after having a word with the doctor, I found it wise to order Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter.
Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter Price
I ordered Dr Trust Professional Series Finger Tip Oximeter (202) online from Amazon and got it delivered within 7 days. It cost me Rs. 2,500 in 2021. It went out of stock for weeks after a few days due to high demand.
It’s now available at rs only around 1,700 on Amazon in 2023.
About the brand
Dr Trust is a leading Global Healthcare brand manufacturing a variety of quality healthcare products ranging from weighing machines, blood pressure monitors, and thermometers to oximeters and oxygen concentrators.
Their oximeter is used by doctors globally. Let’s find out a few features of their oximeter.
Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter Readings: How to use Dr Trust Oximeter
a. Blood Oxygen Saturation Level (SpO2)
It is the most important thing that needs to be monitored for the covid patient or patients with asthma/lung conditions, mountain climbers or people that travel to high altitudes. Because the oxygen levels in their blood drop down suddenly.
Spo2 is a measure of the oxygen level in the blood. It measures how well the oxygen is being sent to the other parts of the body.
The minimum oxygen level that a normal person should have is 94, below which he or she should seek medical assistance. However, people with chronic lungs problem can have a normal level of oxygen at 90, but that’s an exception.
How to check
It’s a very simple & painless process. You just need to switch on the device and insert your finger inside. After 6 seconds, Spo2 readings will appear on its OLED screen.
b. Pulse Rate
It is the number of times your heart beats in one minute. Depending upon various factors like age, fitness level, medications, etc. pulse rate varies between 60 and 100.
How to check
On the right side of the display, there is a value denoted in PR bpm.
c. Perfusion Index (PI)
It tells about the strength of the pulse and presents a heartbeat wave – a normal, irregular or weak heartbeat.
Big OLED Display
Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter has a big vibrant and dual-colour display that shows SpO2, Pulse rate, PI number, PI Wave and Battery indicator.
The Display is also multi-directional. The reading is also large, which can be easily read by even elders.
The oximeter measures the parameters in real-time within 6 seconds.
It also shuts down automatically when one removes his finger.
It can withstand light splashes of water. However, please note that it is not waterproof.
It has several other customizable settings such as an adjustable level of brightness, multi-directional display, and alarm setting to switch on and off the sound.
Dr Trust Pluse Oximeter Warranty
6 months of warranty is given against the manufacturing defect of the oximeter sensor. You have to register at the manufacturer’s website to claim it.
Amazon Customer Rating
4.3/5. And about 7.5 K people have given the review.
Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter: Other Variants & Comparison
1. Dr Trust Oximeter Signature vs Professional
The key difference between both the models is that the professional series also shows the respiratory rate which is the no. of breaths a person takes in one minute while at rest.
Dr Trust Oximeter Signature series/model 201:
2. Dr Trust Oximeter 210 vs Professional/202
Model no. 210 isn’t capable of showing the perfusion index while 202 shows the PI as well as respiratory rate.
3. Dr Trust Oximeter 209 vs 210
Model no. 210 has a bigger OLED display while 209 comes with a TFT display. Model 210 is an upgraded version of 209.
Other popular variants are:
Dr Trust Oximeter 210:
Model no. 213:
Recommended Smartwatches & Bands with Built-In Oximeter
Smartwatches like NoiseFit Color Fit Pro 3, Huawei Watch GT 2e, Honor Watch ES, Amazfit Bip U Pro, Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, Apple Watch Series 6, Goqii SmartVital and smart brands like Oneplus band, Realme band, and Honor Band 5 come with built-in Spo2.
If you have one of them, you don’t need to buy the oximeter. And if you don’t have one and considering buying a smartwatch having a spo2, go through the following articles.
- Best Budget Smartwatches in India under 5000/10000
- Best Smartwatches under INR 2000 in India
- Best Fitness Bands in India
- Top Fitness Watches for Men in India
Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter: FAQs
1. Which brand of pulse oximeter is best?
These are the most reputed oximeter brands in India:
- Dr Trust
- Dr Odin
Doctors put Dr Trust No. 1 on the list.
2. Is Dr trust’s pulse oximeter accurate?
All the variants (currently in India) of Dr Trust Pulse Oximeters are FDA approved. The brand claims all its oximeters to be accurate up to ±2 per cent.
So, in most cases, the accuracy of the Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter should not fall beyond the bracket of ±3.
3. Which finger is used to check Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter?
According to several findings, the index or middle finger is the best to slide under a pulse oximeter. For best results remove nail polish.
4. How do I read Dr Trust Oximeter reading?
You can easily check the Dr Pulse Oximeter readings. There is a big display showing your pulse rate and Spo2 (blood oxygen levels). You just have to switch on the device and insert your finger.
5. What does PI mean in an oximeter?
PI is abbreviated for Perfusion Index. It is the ratio of the pulsatile signal to the non-pulsatile signal in peripheral tissue. It changes according to the change in the blood flow to your body.
6. What is normal PI in a pulse oximeter?
There is no specific value for PI. It changes from person to person. You can track a record of it to see the changes over time.
7. Can Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter catch COVID-19 early?
Please note that not everyone who tests COVID-19 experiences low-oxygen levels. If your Spo2 readings are normal, it doesn’t mean you are virus-free.
An oximeter is not a screening test for COVID-19. However, a pulse oximeter helps detect low oxygen early and gets timely help.
8. How do you check the oxygen level in Dr Trust Pulse Oximeter 202?
On the left-hand side of the screen, there is a Spo2 percentage. If it is 94 or above 94, your blood oxygen levels are normal.
9. Is it normal for Spo2 to fluctuate in Dr Trust Oximeter?
Yes, it is.
10. What is the normal oxygen level for a 65-year-old woman?
Younger adults have higher oxygen levels than older ones. But still, it should be above 94. If it’s 95 or 96, it’s an acceptable level.
This is no doubt that Dr Trust Oximeters are the best oximeters available in the market. As mentioned earlier, one should have at least one oximeter at their home to keep a check on their oxygen level, if they have a lung or heart condition and the doctor has recommended a pulse oximeter for home.
Also, if you’re a mountain climber or athlete, having an oximeter is a great idea.
Thus, in my advice, without making any compromise, you should buy this Dr Trust Oximeter 202 (Professional Series).
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