Tackling deaths acute childhood illness: The need for oxygen monitoring
- Of all the childhood deaths annually, it is estimated that more than 80% are due to an acute illness including: pneumonia, neonatal sepsis, malaria or asphyxia. Many of these children are hypoxic and should receive oxygen therapy.
- Hypoxia – an abnormally low oxygen concentration in the blood – is common in childhood acute illnesses and leads to morbidity or death if poorly treated or untreated.
- Monitoring oxygen is thus essential to newborn infants with respiratory distress, and to children and adults who are critically ill or severely injured, and in general anaesthesia.
- Millions of patients receive too little or too much oxygen each year due to a lack of a suitable monitoring device which increases morbidity and mortality.
- By making pulse oximeters for oxygen monitoring affordable and accessible, children at risk of hypoxia can be identified early and oxygen, as a limited resource, can be appropriate utilized
This device measures the percentage oxygen present in the blood, using a well-established non-invasive method of shining light of different wavelengths through the skin.
Advanced arrangements have been made for EMCO (an Indian medical technology company) to manufacture an innovative pulse oximeter that uses a sophisticated digital OEM module manufactured by Nonin.