REFERENCE VALUES FOR OXYGEN SATURATION BY PULSE OXIMETRY (SaO2) IN HEALTHY CHILDREN AT SEA LEVEL IN CHENNAI
N. SURESH*, G.H.DINESH CHAND**, S. MADHAVAN***, S. BALASUBRAMANIAN****, C. RAVI CHANDRAN*****
Resident in Pediatrics, ICH & HC, Egmore. Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, 12-A, Nageswara Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034. *, Senior house officer in Pediatrics, ICH & HC, Egmore. Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, 12-A, Nageswara Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034. **, Senior house office in Pediatrics, ICH & HC, Egmore. Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, 12-A, Nageswara Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034. ***, Senior Consultant Pediatrician, ICH & HC, Egmore. Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, 12-A, Nageswara Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034. ****, Assistant Professor, ICH & HC, Egmore. Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, 12-A, Nageswara Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034. *****
Aim
To determine the reference values for Oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry (SaO2) in healthy children aged 1 month to 5 years residing at sea level in Chennai.
Design and Settings
A prospective study was conducted in Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital from February to May 2005.
Methods
626 healthy children aged between 1 month and 5 years were examined for heart rate, respiratory rate and SaO2.
Results
The overall mean, median SaO2 value of children in the age groups of 1 month to 5 years was 99% and the overall - 2SD values of SaO2 (hypoxemia by definition) would be 96.6%.
Conclusion
The normal SaO2 in healthy children aged 1 month to 5 years residing at sea level in Chennai is 99% and in this age group SaO2 < 96.6% can be considered as an evidence of hypoxemia.
Keywords
Oxygen saturation, Pulse oximetry
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