Free Oximeter Collection – In Singapore, the distribution of free oximeters to every household was announced. On the first day yesterday, there were long queues for oximeters in supermarkets and pharmacies.
This instrument with oximeters is provided by Temasek Foundation. It checks the oxygen level in the blood to detect early signs of deterioration in a person’s health.
The Temasek Foundation said on Thursday (June 24) that all home residents in Singapore would be eligible to pick up a Free Oximeter Collection to allow residents to regularly monitor their blood oxygen.
It is part of the “Stay Ready” initiative to help everyone stay safe, especially with the emergence of new and more contagious COVID-19 variants.
It says that regular use of an oximeter can help alert people to seek medical help when oxygen levels in the blood are dangerously low.
“‘Silent pneumonia’ is one of the most serious consequences of COVID-19, where critically ill people can feel generally well despite damaged lungs and dangerously low oxygen levels,” the Temasek Foundation said.
Singapore Post will also distribute a leaflet with a redemption tab to each domestic letterbox between June 28 and July 3.
How to Collect Free Oximeter
- Bring your Stay Prepared leaflet.
- All residential households will have received the leaflet in their letterboxes by 3 July.
- Ensure Redemption tab is intact.
- Present leaflet to the staff at the collection point. Note: Photocopies, digital copies and redemption tabs without barcode fully intact will not be accepted.
- Staff will tear off and keep the redemption tab as proof of redemption.
This oximeter is meant to help the country monitor the spread of new and more infectious forms of the dreaded virus that causes COVID-19.
When Live Times Media visited supermarkets and pharmacies in Bishan, Clementi and Serangoon yesterday morning, around 10 – 15 people were queuing at each outlet.
Most of the individuals seen assembling the oximeters devices were either elderly or senior family members or children at home.
Free Oximeter Collection where to collect
- Check and know our normal blood oxygen levels with an oximeter
- A serious consequence of COVID-19 is “silent pneumonia” – Blood oxygen levels can be dangerously low in patients, even if they feel well.
- Very low oxygen level (<90%) is an emergency1 – go to an A&E department immediately
- A leaflet with the Redemption tab will be sent to each household’s letterbox by Saturday, 3 July 2021
- To perform a free oximeter collection, residents must bring the complete leaflet with redemption tab to any participating supermarket and pharmacy outlet in NTUC FairPrice, Sheung Seong, Giant, Cold Storage, Watson, Unity, or Guardian Island.
- Not all outlets of these stores are collection points –
Check for the nearest collection points at www.stayprepared.sg/oximeter
- Collection starts from Monday, 5 July 2021 and ends Thursday, 5 August 2021
- There is plenty of stock, so there is no need to rush for collection
- Temasek Foundation will provide other COVID-19 care items, such as medical grade surgical masks and povidone-iodine mouth gargles, in late 2021.
- The information in this Live Times Media release and other collateral relating to this free oximeter initiative is not intended to be medical advice –
Residents should consult their own doctors if they have any specific medical questions on oximeter use for themselves or their family members.
Importance of Knowing our Normal Blood Oxygen Levels
The COVID-19 virus can cause your blood oxygen levels to drop to dangerously low levels, known as “silent pneumonia,” even when you feel well with no other symptoms of the virus.
If you are left untreated, your low oxygen level can damage your body’s vital organs with very serious consequences.
An oximeter measures blood oxygen levels and pulse/heart rate.
- Blood oxygen levels between 95%-100% are healthy –
Some people may have lower levels, e.g. smokers, patients with lung or other conditions.
- Blood oxygen levels between 90%-94% are low –
Supplemental oxygen may be needed. Consult a doctor.
- Blood oxygen levels less than 90% are dangerously low – urgent treatment is needed – Go to an Accident & Emergency Department (A&E) immediately.