Paediatric overnight oximetry


The 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, and general practitioners who have the necessary resources, to learn how to perform, interpret and report paediatric overnight pulse oximetry studies.

After completing this learning tool you should:

  • Know the indications for overnight oximetry.
  • Know how to choose an appropriate oximeter, set it up, and use software to download into a consistent format.
  • Understand the limitations of what can and cannot be learnt from oximetry.
  • Be able to use a validated scoring tool e.g. McGill Oximetry Score, and incorporate this into the interpretation of the report.
  • Be able to formulate a report useing a generic approach aided by the CAGE mnemonic.
  • Use the results of the oximetry to predict postoperative 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 in 2020 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 and Dr David McNamara MB ChB PhD FRACP, all Paediatric Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Specialists, at the Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland New Zealand, along with input from Professor Dawn Elder Professor of Paediatrics & Child Health, University of Otago, Wellington. Paediatric Sleep Physician Capital & Coast DHB and Dr Angela Campbell Senior Lecturer, Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington. Manager WellSleep Sleep Investigation Unit, University of Otago, Wellington.

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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