Low Cost Pulse Oximeter in Outpatient Department to Detect Severity of Respiratory Infection: Retrospective Study

Severity of Respiratory Infection

  • Sandeep H Professor and HOD, Department of Pediatrics, GIMS, Kalaburagi, Karnataka.
  • Vinod Uplaonkar Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, KBNIMS, Kalaburagi, Karnataka.
Keywords: Pulse Oximeter, Respiratory Infection, Hospitalized Children

Abstract

Background: On an average, children below 5 years of age suffer about 5 episodes of ARI per child per year, thus accounting for about 238 million attacks. ARI is responsible for about 30-50% of visits to hospital under 5-mortality rate, pneumonia consists 19% of deaths as compared to diarrhea (17%), measles (4%). This reduction in death rate in diarrhea is due to cheap and effective oral rehydration therapy diseases. Subjects and Methods: The study was conducted over period of one year from feb 2017 to feb 2018, overall hospitalized children with age group from 2months-60 months were included in the present study. Children who were with respiratory complaints like fever, cough, breathing difficulty were included. Results: In present study, all the children presenting with respiratory symptoms were analyzed and pulse oximeter were used when clinical findings were in conclusive for hospitalization. Conclusion: It was found that hypoxemia was common in patients with ALRI more show in infants then in children.

Published
2019-02-12
How to Cite
H, S., & Uplaonkar, V. (2019). Low Cost Pulse Oximeter in Outpatient Department to Detect Severity of Respiratory Infection: Retrospective Study. Asian Journal of Clinical Pediatrics and Neonatology, 7(1), 27-29. Retrieved from https://aijournals.com/index.php/ajcpn/article/view/446