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Pulse Oximeter Inaccuracy for People of Color – Class Action Investigation

November 3, 2022 by in Investigations

Ahdoot Wolfson is investigating a potential class action against manufacturers of pulse oximeters sold to consumers that reportedly provide inaccurate readings of blood oxygen levels for people with darker skin. Scientific studies reportedly have found that, due to original testing on pulse oximeter readings failing to account for variations in skin color, people with darker skin tones may receive inaccurate results. These inaccurate results reportedly indicate their blood oxygen levels are within safe ranges, when in fact the pulse oximeters are concealing a serious medical condition. This result is reportedly called “hidden” hypoxemia and can lead to misdiagnosis of serious medical conditions and even can be deadly without prompt treatment.

Most, if not all, pulse oximeters on the consumer market – including the handheld devices sold online and at retail stores – are prominently advertised as being accurate. Ahdoot Wolfson is investigating whether these advertisements are false and misleading for people of color.

If you have purchased a pulse oximeter and may have received an inaccurate result from the device you purchased due to your skin tone, please contact us by filling out the form below, and one of the attorneys at Ahdoot Wolfson will promptly contact you.

Pulse Oximeter POC