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Use of pulse oximetry as an investigative test for paediatric respiratory sleep disorders
  1. Lucy Everitt,
  2. Phoebe Roberts,
  3. Hazel J Evans
  1. Department of Respiratory Paediatrics, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hazel J Evans, Respiratory Medicine, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, SO16 6YD, UK; hazel.evans{at}


The article covers the following elements: practical and technological considerations for optimising data collection and output; reference ranges for oximetry parameters across the ages; things to consider when interpreting a pulse oximetry study (eg, sleep/wake times); the ability of pulse oximetry to predict obstructive sleep apnoea; using oximetry as a screening tool for sleep disordered breathing in children with Down syndrome; things to consider when setting up a home oximetry service; and a case of an infant being weaned from oxygen using pulse oximetry studies.

  • Sleep
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Neonatology

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.