Demand for pulse oximeters up in the 2nd wave of Covid- 19
In the 2nd wave of Covid-19, many people demanded the Oximeter that increased its sale in India.
As the demand for oximeter in India is large now in the 2nd wave due to the constant reports that state shortage of medical oxygen in the North Indian States and many reports that mention sudden fall of oxygen levels in COVID-19 patients. This resulted in a rise in demand for pulse oximeters, which lets people check the oxygen saturation levels or the level of oxygen in their blood easily at their homes. As day by day oximeter demand is increasing so people of India are ordering it which is leading to the largescale of its production.
As the pharmacy person said,“Since we are located nearby a hospital, there is demand from patients too. We have ordered another batch of the oximeters from the salesperson.”
Several medicals shops give major discounts too and sell it at around ₹1,000-1,100.
At many other medical stores, the prices start at ₹2500 and go up to ₹4,000-5,000 per piece.
In online shopping sites, the oximeters that were selling below ₹1,000 a while back have disappeared, with the minimum prices now starting at ₹2,000 and going up to ₹5,000.
After the COVID-19 outbreak last year, the demand for pulse oximeters and N95 masks shot up. The fluctuation in prices in the online market is reflective of the rise in demand,” says Vinod, manager of Vanchinad surgical, a wholesaler.
The pulse oximeter can be clipped onto the finger to measure oxygen saturation levels and let the person know whether more treatment is necessary.An oxygen saturation level of 95% is considered normal.