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Pulse Ox/Oxy meter?

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Hello everyone,

Not sure if this is the correct topic for this forum but is Coronavirus related.

Does anyone know if VA will supply a Pulse Ox or Oxy meter? and if so how to obtain one.

I am the at risk category for the virus with age, and have 2 chronic conditions listed, diabetes and lung condition.

I am wheezing from the asthma, not sure if its allergies related also. I am taking my inhalers( albuterol & Symbiocort) from the VA which help.

But would like to monitor my oxygen levels while I am bunkered in until this passes. 

Afraid to leave my house currently, live in the Hot Zone of NJ/NYC area. 

Any assistance is appreciated.


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Yes.  Try calling your VAMC prime care doc, and ask him/her.  I think if your doctor said it was "medically necessary" VA would probably pay for it and ship it to you.  

If you have a good rapport with your prime care doc, you may be able to send him an email via ebenefits and request it.  

With my VAMC, if I email the doc, the email goes to "the blue team".  Try that if you have such a thing.  

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Thanks for the reply Broncovet!

I just sent a Secure Message to my Primary care doc and waiting on a reply back.

Ill keep you posted.


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Well my Primary Doc's nurse emailed me back and said....

"The VA doesn't provide veterans with pulse-oximeters.

You would have to purchase one on your own"

The VA has provided me with some equipment in the past such as a CPAP, and other items from prosthetics dept. 

I'm surprised that they don't have this in the inventory, for those who have lung conditions being treated for at VA.


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I still think Bronc is correct. If you have my healthevet, go to secure messaging and send a message to the doc that you need it, a necessity and request the VA to provide. The nurse and or doc may have a change of heart inf their answer is in writing IMHO.

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Thanks for the input GBArmy.

That's what I did, sent a Secure Message on MyHealtheVet. 

I requested it due to my current wheezing, using the inhalers, that I am treated at VA for both conditions, and concerned because I am in the high risk group with this nasty virus, but then received a message back from my Primary Doc's nurse and her reply was in my last post.

"The VA doesn't provide veterans with pulse oximeters. You would have to purchase one on your own".

I know VA has other devices in the inventory they supply, which I received like CPAP and a Glucose meter for my Diabetes. I find it funny that VA doesn't carry Pulse Oximeters for those with lung conditions to use at home. Each time I go they always take my vitals and use the finger Pulse Ox also. I know I am just thinking about it now due to the current situation with this virus, it didn't occur to me to before to have one at home because of my asthma.

Thinking maybe I should call the Prosthetics Dept. on Monday and ask? I know they may be on a skeleton crew currently. 

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