A comparison of oxygen saturation measurements obtained from a 'blue sensor' with a standard sensor

J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Oct;47(10):693-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2011.02035.x. Epub 2011 Mar 30.


Aim: The study aims to investigate pulse oximetry measurements from a 'blue' pulse oximeter sensor against measurements from a 'standard' pulse oximeter sensor in newly born infants.

Methods: Immediately after birth, both sensors were attached to the infant, one to each foot. SpO₂ measurements were recorded simultaneously from each sensor for 10 min. Agreement between pairs of SpO₂ measurements were calculated using Bland-Altman analysis.

Results: Thirty-one infants were studied. There was good correlation between simultaneous SpO₂ measurements from both sensors (r² = 0.75). However, the mean difference between 'blue' and 'standard' sensors was -1.6%, with wide 95% limits of agreement +18.4 to -21.6%. The range of mean difference between sensors from each infant ranged from -20 to +20.

Conclusion: The mean difference between the blue and standard sensor SpO₂ measurements is not clinically important.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Oximetry / instrumentation*
  • Oxygen / blood*
  • Resuscitation


  • Oxygen