According to the latest studies conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF, more or less 6 million kids ages five and below died in 2015 alone. In low-income and developing countries, the mortality rate in kids or early childhood is dominated by sepsis, pneumonia or prematurity – diseases that usually result in hypoxemic respiratory arrest.
Since the introduction of pulse oximetry into the medical practice in the early 80s, it has been used in high-income or developed countries. It is starting to get popular in the management and diagnosis of childhood diseases, in middle to low-resource settings.
To know more about hypoxic respiratory arrest, visit https://www.healthline.com/health/acute-respiratory-failure for more information.
There is an inherent appeal of point-of-care medical devices like the pulse oximeter to help detect hypoxemia, especially in first-level health facilities staffed by health care providers with little experience and training. But it is an excellent way to …