French Creek Medical, LLC is a manufacturer representative of medical equipment and supplies in Avon, Ohio.

French Creek Medical now carries the Datex-Ohmeda TuffSat® Pulse Oximeter, perfect for the working Speech Therapist in evaluating if aspiration is present in patients with dysphagia (difficulty swallowing).

Fast, accurate O2 measurements are always within reach with the Datex oximeter.

Simple "1-2-3" Operation:

1. Connect the sensor to the unit

2. Attach the sensor (the probe) to the patient

3. Turn on the oximeter to read the oxygen concentration


* Easy-to-read large,backlit LCD display

* Intuitive and easy-to-use

* Extremely durable with rubberized housing

* Power-saving auto shutoff

* Supports a full line of sensors -- neonatal to adult

* 3 year warranty

PART# DA-6051-0000-160

Available from French Creek Medical for $468.75 plus shipping.

Speech Therapists who use pulse oximeters such as the Datex-Ohmeda TuffSat® Pulse Oximeter can determine if silent aspiration is present in patients with dysphagia.

Often when patients have difficulty swallowing, the food goes down the wrong way into the windpipe and lungs. This can lead to aspiration pneumonia which is a very dangerous problem in patients with dysphagia. The Datex-Ohmeda TuffSat® Pulse Oximeter allows for detection of such conditions and can be used alongside dysphagia management techniques as an evaluation device.

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One of the smallest handheld oximeters available, the Datex-Ohmeda TuffSat® Pulse Oximeter is the ideal spot-check solution for hospital, home care, transport, and EMS. TuffSat® comes fully loaded with standard features.

Increase validity of SpO2 and pulse rate data using PIr:

The pulse oximeter calculates the percentage of hemoglobin which it oxygenated:

SpO2 = (Oxyhemoglobin x 100 %) / (Total Hemoglobin)

The time interval between 4 - 8 Heart Beats is measured and from that a Pulse (or Heart) Rate is calculated and displayed.

PIr (relative perfusion index measurement) is a quick, easy-to-use clinical tool for a dynamic numeric reflection of perfusion at the sensor site. Now you can rapidly locate the sensor site with the strongest pulse signal by comparing the perfusion index at different sensor sites.


SpO2: %

Pulse rate: Beats Per Minute

Built tough to go the distance TuffSat® exceeds international durability standards.

Reduced cost of ownership, reduced operational cost. And, TuffSat® is water-resistant for optimal protection in all conditions.

TuffSat®'s lightweight, ergonomic design provides simple, one-hand operation, and its rubber grip offers secure handling.

This handheld offers excellent visibility in all light conditions with its large, backlit LCD displays easy-to-read numerics.

TuffSat®'s new popular colors offer a better way to keep track of your portable oximeter. Clinicians can take ownership of the equipment by selecting individual colors to distinguish between shifts and to identify different departments.

TuffSat® is designed for superior portability; it fits in your pocket or is conveniently worn using the included carrying case with belt clip.


Pulse Oximeters - Basics

Pulse oximeter is a device to measure the rate and the amount of oxygen in the beating arterial blood

Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells. When oxygen enters the blood it is picked up by the hemoglobin and carried around the body attached to the hemoglobin. Hemoglobin with oxygen attached to it is called Oxyhemoglobin.

A pulse oximeter probe consists of:

- 2 low power LEDs: Infra Red 940 nm & Red 660 nm

- One photodetector

The infrared and red light is shone alternatively through some tissue (finger, foot, toe, earlobe or nose). As the light is passed through the tissue some of it is absorbed. The amount of light absorbed changes every time the heart beats as the blood pulses past the sensor. The light is absorbed differently by hemoglobin and oxyhemoglobin. The light intensity of the infrared and red light is measured by the photodetector after it has passed through the finger.

The Datex-Ohmeda TuffSat® Pulse Oximeter is ready to go anytime and anywhere, and its lightweight, ergonomic design with rubber grip offers you superior portability, ruggedness and simple one-hand operation. Specifically developed to perform in any clinical environment, the TuffSat® oximeter is ideal for home, transport, EMS, homecare and hospital use.

From Datex-Ohmeda® this is one of the smallest handheld pulse oximeters available. Its patented TruTrakR data sampling provides consistent, accurate SpO2 readings, even during patient motion and low perfusion, Ideal for children or adults. And at a low cost, this small wonder offers big value.

Pulse oximetry is a simple non-invasive method of monitoring the percentage of hemoglobin (Hb) which is saturated with oxygen.

The pulse oximeter consists of a probe attached to the patient's finger or ear lobe which is linked to a computerised unit.

The unit displays the percentage of Hb saturated with oxygen together with an audible signal for each pulse beat, a calculated heart rate and in some models, a graphical display of the blood flow past the probe.

Audible alarms which can be programmed by the user are provided. An oximeter detects hypoxia before the patient becomes clinically cyanosed.

How does an oximeter work?

A source of light originates from the probe at two wavelengths (650nm and 805nm). The light is partly absorbed by hemoglobin, by amounts which differ depending on whether it is saturated or desaturated with oxygen. By calculating the absorption at the two wavelengths the processor can compute the proportion of hemoglobin which is oxygenated.

The oximeter is dependant on a pulsatile flow and produces a graph of the quality of flow. The computer within the oximeter is capable of distinguishing pulsatile flow from other more static signals (such as tissue or venous signals) to display only the arterial flow.

Calibration and Performance:

Oximeters are calibrated during manufacture and automatically check their internal circuits when they are turned on. They are accurate in the range of oxygen saturations of 70 to 100% (+/-2%), but less accurate under 70%. The pitch of the audible pulse signal falls with reducing values of saturation.

The size of the pulse wave (related to flow) is displayed graphically. Some models automatically increase the gain of the display when the flow decreases and in these the display may prove misleading. The alarms usually respond to a slow or fast pulse rate or an oxygen saturation below 90%.

There is no doubt that pulse oximetry is the greatest advance in patient monitoring in many years.

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