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Integration of Pulse Oximetry into the Routine Assessment of Sick Young Infants


Principal Investigator: Dr. Daniel Roth, Staff Physician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine and Scientist-Track Investigator, Centre for Global Child Health and Child Health Evaluative Services, Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). 

An everyday tool used in modern paediatric practice, pulse oximetry  provides a precise measure of a patient’s blood-oxygen saturation and alerts health-care providers if a patient has a lack of adequate oxygen circulating in the blood.

With partners from the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, Pakistan, Dr. Roth is leading the into study the integration of pulse oximetry into the routine assessment of young infants presenting to primary health clinics in Karachi. 

Dr. Roth’s research will assess if implementation of routine pulse oximetry is feasible and has the potential to improve care delivery and health outcomes among young infants in resource-poor settings.

Watch the Grand Challenges Canada video: Integration of Pulse Oximetry into the Routine Assessment of Sick Young Infants at First-Level Clinics in Karachi, Pakistan