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Compliance with alarm limits for pulse oximetry in very preterm infants

Luisa Clucas, Lex W Doyle, Jennifer Dawson, Susan Donath, Peter G Davis



OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the rate of compliance with hospital guidelines for alarm limits for pulse oximetry in preterm infants on oxygen therapy. METHODS: All infants admitted to the nurseries at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, with gestational age <32 weeks or birth weight <1500 g between August 2005 and February 2006 were eligible for inclusion. Data on the alarm limits set for infants on oxygen therapy were collected prospectively. The target saturation range recommended in written hospital guidelines was 88% to 92%, with alarm limits set at 85% and 94%. RESULTS: Data were prospectively collected for 144 subjects with mean (SD) gestational..

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