BAPM is seeking members to join a working group to develop a Framework for Practice on Pulse Oximetry Testing.

Newborn pulse oximetry (PO) testing is a rapid, safe, accurate and acceptable method of identifying previously undiagnosed critical congenital heart defects (CCHD). It has been shown to reduce mortality from CCHD and to identify consistently other important non-cardiac conditions in apparently healthy babies. 

Many countries now recommend universal PO testing for all newborns and in the UK, approximately 75-80% of maternity unit are currently achieving this, although pathways vary. PO testing was recently recommended in the UK Neonatal GIRFT report and this framework will define a consensus statement for a national recommended pathway.

Vacancies on the group are:

  • 1 NICU Consultant
  • 1 LNU Consultant
  • 1 SCU Consultant
  • 1 Trainee
  • 1 ANNP
  • 1 Nurse
  • 1 Nursery Nurse or Maternity Care Support Worker
  • 1 Network Manager / Director

No previous experience of BAPM working groups is required and applications from BAPM members will be given priority.

The first meeting will be held on 15 January. It is envisaged that this work will take approximately eight months and involve six virtual meetings. Please see attached terms of reference for more details.

To apply please complete the application form and return to the BAPM Office by 17 December.

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Terms of Reference - Pulse Oximetry working group
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