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Pulse oximeters and the fight for racial equity

Pulse oximeters are a critical healthcare tool that in a time of need can mean the difference between life and death for someone who is sick. At the start of the pandemic, between March and June of 2020, the sale of pulse oximeters for home use increased by 500%. While pulse oximeters are an undeniably powerful medical tool, researchers and advocates have raised concerns about the limits of their effectiveness for some people of color.