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Speed of data display by pulse oximeters in newborns: a randomised crossover study
  1. R Pinnamaneni1,
  2. E A Kieran1,
  3. C P F O'Donnell1,2,3
  1. 1The National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  2. 2Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
  3. 3School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Colm O'Donnell, The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin 2, Ireland; codonnell{at}

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Guidelines on neonatal resuscitation recommend using pulse oximetry to monitor newborns in the delivery room (DR).1 To be of use in guiding DR resuscitation, oximeters should display data as quickly as possible. We use different oximeters at our hospital: the Masimo Radical and Rad 5 (Masimo Corporation, Irvine, California, USA) and the Nellcor N-595 and NPB-40 (Nellcor Puritan Bennet, Boulder, Colorado, USA) (figure 1). The Radical and N-595 are large “stand-alone” machines, while the Rad 5 and NPB-40 are small “handheld” machines. We wanted to determine how quickly data could be obtained from infants with each.

Figure 1

The Nellcor OxiMax N-595, Nellcor NPB-40 (both with OxiMax Max-N sensors), Masimo Radical and Masimo Rad 5 (both with LNOP HiFi sensors) pulse …

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Ethics Committee of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.