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Title: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: regaz on Jan 26 2005, 08:10
I'd like to bring an oximeter with me on a climb but I don't know much about them. Something compact and reliable would be perfect.
Can anybody recommend a unit to me?
Thanks,
Ron
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: 7summits on Jan 27 2005, 03:16
I use the Nonin Onyx (9500 I think) oximeter and it always does it's job very well, just need to replace the batteries every now and then to avoid battery corrosion/leakage (as the batteries last long!).

It is light so you can always take it with you.
Just saw that it is also called Sportstat sometimes.

Offcially $395, but most shops and on eBay should be $310-340

 O0
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: Buddha on Jan 27 2005, 08:15
Sorry for my ignorance but what is an oximeter?
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: Daisy on Jan 27 2005, 15:33
Hi Buddha,

An oximeter is a device used to monitor the percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood. It consists of a probe that you attach to your finger which is linked to a computerised unit. The unit displays the percentage of haemoglobin saturated with oxygen. I think that's it anyway!
D
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: MikeW on Feb 1 2005, 01:48
Good job Daisy!

On Aconcagua, our company took us to the doctor's office in basecamp twice to verify our blood saturation levels.

Mine was OK, I was in the 83% to 87% level, which is considered good. One of our group member got a 66% showing and try the move to camp 1 with his loaded pack, had to turn back, he wasn't feeling good at all and had to be evacuated by helicopter from basecamp.

It is a very good indicator of your ability to acclimatize to high altitude.

MikeW
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: Buddha on Feb 1 2005, 03:58
So, an oximeter is a good thing to get once you have everything else that is needed for high altitude mountaineering!
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: 7summits on Feb 2 2005, 04:27
So, an oximeter is a good thing to get once you have everything else that is needed for high altitude mountaineering!
yes, and per cubic centimeter (or per gramme) it is definately the most expensive piece of gear available!
 :P

But it is still numbers, the rate in which your numbers change (up or down) and how you feel is far more important than the actual number, so do not use it to justifuy going up when you are feeling bad...
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: Corsair on Mar 7 2005, 09:15
But it is still numbers, the rate in which your numbers change (up or down) and how you feel is far more important than the actual number, so do not use it to justifuy going up when you are feeling bad...

Agreed on that H.
Another piece of unnecessary equipment no one really needs up there.
Climb!

C.

Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: MoT on Mar 10 2005, 19:40
They can be useful in someone who is unwell - but for climbers who are well it's not necessarily THAT useful. I've seen people who had O2 sats of 62% at 5800m go on to summit Aconcagua (although the guy was practically dragged down). Some people might start to get alarmed when the sats go below 90% (if it was at sea level i would) but up high your levels can drop to 70% on exertion with a 22kilo backpack. This tends to come back up though after a couple of minutes rest.

Personally i'm not sure if an oximeter si a necessity but it is handy to have when someone is sick.

(by the way, if your hands are cold you might get a false reading)
Title: Re: Recommend an Oximeter
Post by: teamkilimanjaro on Mar 12 2005, 18:52
Regaz,

Our expedition leaders also carry the Nonin Onyx 9500. If you're yet to buy consider:

http://www.reddingmedical.com/176_Nonin_Pulse_Oximeter__9500.cfm

Best wishes,

Team Kilimanjaro
www.teamkilimanjaro.com