Hemoglobin oxygen saturation targets in the neonatal intensive care unit: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel? 1

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The optimal oxygenation target needed to prevent the extremes of hypoxia and oxygen toxicity in premature and sick newborns has been the subject of much research and debate. The advent of the pulse oximeter has allowed the continuous monitoring of oxyhemoglobin saturation and the delivery of oxygen with greater precision. Well-run, large clinical trials to determine the safest oxygen concentration have led to several revisions in guidelines for neonatal care. However, monitoring of oxyhemoglobin saturation has its limitations and does not provide a comprehensive assessment of tissue oxygenation. To identify optimal oxygen therapy, various other factors (partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide, hemoglobin concentration, blood pH, and tissue metabolic demand) that influence perfusion and tissue oxygenation need to be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalCanadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Newborn
  • Oxygen saturation
  • Oxygen target

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology (medical)

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