Table 1

 Time taken to apply the sensor and display data for each method of application

Method 1Method 2Method 3
Values are mean (SD). Method 1, sensor connected to oximeter, then to neonate; method 2, sensor connected to oximeter, applied to investigator’s finger, then to neonate; method 3, sensor applied to neonate, then connected to oximeter.
HR, Heart rate.
Time to apply sensor (s)9 (2)10 (2)12 (2)
Time to display accurate HR from sensor application (s)23 (20)18 (17)13 (7)
Total time to display accurate HR data (s)32 (21)28 (17)25 (7)