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Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2017 Sep;102(5):F395-F399. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2016-312172. Epub 2017 Feb 16.

The effect of implementing an automated oxygen control on oxygen saturation in preterm infants.

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Division of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Neonatal Unit, Simpson Centre for Reproductive Health, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
Department of Biomedical Technology, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Czech Technical University, Prague, Czech Republic.
TiCC, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands.



To evaluate the effect of implementing automated oxygen control as routine care in maintaining oxygen saturation (SpO2) within target range in preterm infants.


Infants <30 weeks gestation in Leiden University Medical Centre before and after the implementation of automated oxygen control were compared. The percentage of time spent with SpO2 within and outside the target range (90-95%) was calculated. SpO2 values were collected every minute and included for analysis when infants received extra oxygen.


In a period of 9 months, 42 preterm infants (21 manual, 21 automated) were studied. In the automated period, the median (IQR) time spent with SpO2 within target range increased (manual vs automated: 48.4 (41.5-56.4)% vs 61.9 (48.5-72.3)%; p<0.01) and time SpO2 >95% decreased (41.9 (30.6-49.4)% vs 19.3 (11.5-24.5)%; p<0.001). The time SpO2<90% increased (8.6 (7.2-11.7)% vs 15.1 (14.0-21.1)%; p<0.0001), while SpO2<80% was similar (1.1 (0.4-1.7)% vs 0.9 (0.5-2.1)%; ns).


During oxygen therapy, preterm infants spent more time within the SpO2 target range after implementation of automated oxygen control, with a significant reduction in hyperoxaemia, but not hypoxaemia.


Hyperoxaemia; Hypoxaemia; Oxygen; Preterm infant

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