Paediatric overnight oximetry


This aim of this course is to optimally use overnight oximetry in the assessment and management of children with either suspected or known Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).

It is intended to assist paediatric and ENT trainees, paediatricians, ENT / ORL specialists, physiologists working in sleep laboratories undertaking studies on children, some general practitioners who have resources available, to learn how to perform, report and interpret paediatric overnight pulse oximetry studies.

After completing of this learning tool you should:

  • Know the indications for overnight oximetry.
  • Understand the limitations of what can and cannot be learnt from oximetry.
  • Know how to choose an appropriate oximeter, set it up and use software to download into a consistent format.
  • Be able to formulate a report use a generic approach aided by the CAGE mnemonic.
  • Be able to use a validated scoring tool e.g. McGill Oximetry Score and incorporate this into the interpretation of the report.
  • Use the results of the oximetry to predict post-operative respiratory complication risk and advice on appropriate post-operative care.


Once you have completed this short course and quiz, please click 'submit' where you will be taken to the results page. From here you can print your certificate for 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour.


This course was created by members of the Paediatric Sleep Medicine Clinical Network Group, Dr Liz Edwards MB ChB DCH PhD FRACP& Dr Jacob Twiss MB ChB PhD FRACP. They are both Paediatric Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Specialists, at the Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland New Zealand. Dr David McNamara and Dr Angela Campbell in 2020.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health.


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