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October 2015

Intermittent Monitoring of Oxygen Saturation in Infants and Children With Acute Bronchiolitis: Peekaboo Pediatrics or Good Clinical Care?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Scotland
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(10):891-892. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2015.1971

Peekaboo is always fun. Or at least it should be. Confidence that what is revealed will be in line with your expectation is the underlying principle—shatter that and the trust has gone. So the element of surprise is a balanced estimate—whatever’s there won’t be too scary. In this issue of JAMA Pediatrics, McCulloh and colleagues1 play peekaboo with pulse oximetry for infants and children with bronchiolitis. The intermittent monitoring and display of oxygen saturation values to clinical staff had similar outcomes to the continuous monitoring and display of oxygen saturation values. No nasty surprises.