Wellness Wednesday: Inaccurate Pulse Oximeters Readings For African Americans

Jan 6, 2021

A recent study showed pulse oximeters are three times more likely to give inaccurate readings of blood oxygen levels in African-American patients.

The small, inexpensive devices clip to the fingertip and have been relied on heavily by physicians making treatment decisions for people with COVID-19.

Today on Wellness Wednesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: what the new report means for Black and Hispanic Americans already disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.


  • Maxine Smith, registered dietitian, Cleveland Clinic
  • Nadja Ging Jehli, psychology graduate student, Ohio State University
  • Dr. Utibe Essien, assistant professor of medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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