Analysis of pulse oximetry data in normal sleeping children

Clin Otolaryngol Allied Sci. 1997 Feb;22(1):13-22. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2273.1997.00844.x.


This study was designed to determine the range of oxygen saturation levels encountered in normal sleeping children up to 10 years of age in their own home environment. Subjects were chosen by stratified random sampling from the general practice list of the town of Frome, Somerset, UK. Analysis of overnight pulse oximetry recordings allowed a normal range for the following parameters of oxygen saturation level to be reported: mean, median, mode, maximum, fifth centile, upper and lower quartiles and the number of greater than 4% dips in oxygen saturation per hour. As a consequence of this study the values given can now be used to identify those children with abnormal sleep patterns.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Oximetry*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Sleep*
  • Time Factors