Using Pulse Oximetry for Decision Support for COVID-19


Lifebox has partnered with ALIMA and others to develop a tool to help clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. It uses oxygen saturation measurements from a pulse oximeter to determine when oxygen support is needed. The tool was created as guidance for frontline providers in low-resource settings working with patients with respiratory compromise and suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Please download and share widely. Please send any comments or questions to




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TRAINING VIDEOS on using a pulse oximeter with this triage tool below and here.
Thank you to Drs. Chris Brasher, Janet Diaz, Hamish Graham, Eric McCollum, Darin Portnoy, Susan Shepherd, and Tom Weiser for putting this together.


INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO: Use of a Pulse Oximeter in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Download ‘INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO: Using a Pulse Oximeter in the COVID-19 Pandemic’ here

View ‘INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO: Use of a Pulse Oximeter in the COVID-19 Pandemic’ with English subtitles here

View ‘VIDÉO PÉDAGOGIQUE : Utilisation d’un oxymètre de pouls pendant la pandémie de COVID-19’ in French here

View ‘VIDEO INSTRUCCIONAL: Uso de un oxímetro de pulso en la pandemia COVID-19’ in Spanish here

View ‘निर्देश वीडियो: COVID-19 महामारी में एक पल्स ऑक्समीटर का उपयोग’ in Hindi here

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