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COVID-19: Ins and outs of Oximeters

When we breathe, oxygen enters our lungs and passes into our blood stream where it is collected by red blood cells and carried around the body. An oximeter can be used to spot check how well the oxygen is binding to your red blood cells through your finger. Previously most commonly used pre and post-exercise, pre and post-operations and to monitor respiratory conditions, they have become more common since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cancer: A heart breaking story

Meet Sam, a gorgeous Hawke’s Bay 9 year old boy full of life. You may have seen his story, unfortunately Sam has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Sam needs treatment at Starship Hospital for the next 3 years. What is worse is that Sam’s Dad, Derek, has undergone treatment for male breast cancer in 1995 and 2009 and his Mum, Helen, was also diagnosed and fought breast cancer 2½ years ago. Sam has 2 siblings who have had most of their childhood memories linked in some way to cancer.

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