Novel Pulse Oximetry Sonifications for Neonatal Oxygen Saturation Monitoring

  title={Novel Pulse Oximetry Sonifications for Neonatal Oxygen Saturation Monitoring},
  author={Kelly Hinckfuss and Penelope M. Sanderson and Robert G. Loeb and Helen G. Liley and David Liu},
  journal={Human Factors: The Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society},
  pages={344 - 359}
Objective We aimed to test whether the use of novel pulse oximetry sounds (sonifications) better informs listeners when a neonate’s oxygen saturation (SpO2) deviates from the recommended range. Background Variable-pitch pulse oximeters do not accurately inform clinicians via sound alone when SpO2 is outside the target range of 90% to 95% for neonates on supplemental oxygen. Risk of blindness, organ damage, and death increase if SpO2 remains outside the target range. A more informative… 

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