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What is 6-minute walk test to check if a person has low oxygen level in body?

6 Minutes Walk Test

Know if you have #Hypoxia or inadequate oxygen in your body

Recommended for asymptomatic or mild and moderate #COVID19 patients who are being treated at home.

Steps to follow:

  1. Record your Oxygen Saturation using an Oximeter.
  2. Walk around the room for 6 minutes continuously with the Oximeter attached to your finger and observe the reading.
  3. Record your Oxygen saturation soon after the walk.

Consult your doctor immediately if:

  • there is a drop in saturation below 94%, or
  • an absolute drop of more than 3-5%, or
  • you feel unwell (lightheaded, short of breath) while performing the test or at the end of 6 minutes

Do note that:

  • The test can be repeated every 6 to 8 hours.
  • It should not be done in people older than 70 years, those with uncontrolled asthma & pregnant patients

 

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