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Pulse oximeters to monitor Covid-19 work less well for darker skin, UK warns

The warning concerned pulse oximeters, currently being used by many of those at risk of severe Covid symptoms to check their blood-oxygen levels.

The devices, clipped onto a finger, work by shining a light through a person's skin to measure the level of oxygen in the blood.(AP)
The devices, clipped onto a finger, work by shining a light through a person's skin to measure the level of oxygen in the blood.(AP)
Updated on Jul 31, 2021 11:13 PM IST

Pulse oximeter, other medical devices get cheaper as Centre caps trade margin

The margin was capped by the government up to 70 per cent on Price to Distributor (PTD) level. The National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority said that the decision was taken to make medical devices affordable during the evolving situation of Covid-19 pandemic.

The imported brand of pulse oximeter showed a reduction of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>2,95,375 per unit, the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers said.(AFP Photo)
The imported brand of pulse oximeter showed a reduction of 2,95,375 per unit, the ministry of chemicals and fertilizers said.(AFP Photo)
Published on Jul 24, 2021 05:29 PM IST

India received 17 consignments of medical aid from nations to battle Covid surge

Between April 24 and May 2, India has received 17 consignments – comprising essential medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, cylinders of medical oxygen, ventilators and BiPAP machines, bedside monitors, anti-viral drugs, rapid kits to detect Covid-19 virus, pulse oximeters, N95 masks and personal protective equipment among others — from at least 14 countries.

Fourth consignment of medical supplies containing 60 ventilators arrives from the United Kingdom, at Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
Fourth consignment of medical supplies containing 60 ventilators arrives from the United Kingdom, at Indira Gandhi international airport in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI)
Updated on May 04, 2021 11:32 AM IST
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