Masimo, maker of pulse oximeters for hospital settings, has introduced its first consumer version of its technology. Intended for use in aviation and sports settings, the portable MightySat uses the same hospital-grade technology to provide a number of health parameters. As part of a pilot’s flight bag, the MightySat can be a useful tool for checking and anticipating situations that might lead to hypoxia or other serious health conditions.
The device measures oxygen saturation (the percentage of arterial blood that is bound with oxygen) and pulse rate (the number of times the heart beats per minute), which provide an indication of lung and heart efficiency. The device also measures respiration rate, perfusion index (strength of blood flow to indicated changes in blood circulation) and Pleth Variability Index (PVi) which tracks variations in the perfusion index over your breathing cycle. This may indicate changes in hydration, breathing effort and other factors.
Users can track their data through a complementary, free Apple or Android app. It also syncs with Apple Health.
To learn more or purchase a MightySat, go to www.masimopersonalhealth.com. Retail price is $299.