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Table 2 Arterial oxygen saturation.

From: Pulse oximetry in the newborn: Is the left hand pre- or post-ductal?

Subgroup Performance Right hand (%) Left hand (%) Foot (%)
All (N = 251) Mean (90% CI)
SD
95.7 (90 - 100)
3.7
95.7 (90 - 100)
4.0
94.9 (86 - 100)
4.6
Preterm (N = 62) Mean (90% CI)
SD
94.3 (90 - 100)
5.2
94 (87 - 100)
5.2
93.1 (85 - 100)
5.9
RDS (N = 57) Mean (90% CI)
SD
93.8 (89 - 99)
3.3
93.2 (88 - 98)
4.3
92.6 (85 - 100)
4.8
Caesarean section (N = 119) Mean (90% CI)
SD
95.2 (90 - 100)
4.6
94.9 (88 - 100)
4.8
94.1 (87 - 100)
5.2
Age at recording ≤15 min (N = 34) Mean (90% CI)
SD
95.3 (91 - 100)
3.0
95.1 (90 - 99)
3.2
92.9 (85 - 99)
4.3
Subgroup Performance Right hand -
Left hand
Left hand -
Foot
Right hand -
Foot
All p-value 0.41 <0.001 <0.001
Preterm   0.25 <0.001 <0.001
RDS   0.06 0.09 0.005
Caesarean section   0.12 0.01 <0.001
Age at recording ≤15 min   0.37 0.001 <0.001