Hypoxemia may take place in young infants with extreme acute illnesses or congenital cardiac anomalies, but is not reliably found on physical exam. Pulse oximetry (PO) can be employed to detect hypoxemia, but its application in low-income countries has been limited, and its feasibility in the routine assessment of young infants (aged 0–59 days) has not been previously studied.

Considering this point in mind, using a high quality handheld pulse oximeter seems to be a feasible option. In a recent study, it has been found that when handheld pulse oximeter routine clinical assessment of young infants at primary care clinics in a low-income country, the machine was feasible and acceptable to parents/guardians. Future research is needed to determine if the introduction of routine pulse oximeter screening of young infants will improve outcomes in low-resource settings.

Pulse oximetry refers to a non-invasive method of measuring peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) based on the differential absorption of red versus infrared light by oxygenated hemoglobin in a narrow tissue segment (e.g. infant’s hand or foot).

When it comes to choose the best quality pulse oximeter, the Contec CMS60D emerges out as the most sought after option. This handheld device is ideal for longer term pulse rate and oxygen saturation monitoring due to the oximeter design (more practical and secure) and 24-hour memory. It is equipped with PR and SP02 alarms, as well as a perfusion index to alert you to the quality of the obtained reading. Equipped with a neonate and paediatric probes, it is also our most popular option for premature babies and children with ongoing medical conditions.

However, it is necessary that you browse through an extensive range of products so as to make the best buy.