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Is pulse oximetry testing safe?

There are no known risks associated with pulse oximetry testing. This is not a blood test so it does not require a needle stick. There is no radiation involved with this test as well. It simply temporarily shines a light through the skin to test how much of the blood contains oxygen. The light is not hot and will not cause a burn if left attached to the body.

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