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Nellcor™ Pulse Oximetry Monitoring for Neonates


When a newborn needs special care and monitoring, you want to be sure your technology is catching every soft breath, every tiny heartbeat. You need the assurance of Nellcor™ pulse oximetry.

Helping you solve newborn monitoring challenges

Pulse oximetry can help you guide interventions — or frustrate your efforts to respond effectively.1 The difference depends on the technology and its ability to post timely and accurate information in real-world conditions.

The faster you receive accurate readings – especially for patients like neonates whose conditions can change rapidly and frequently – the earlier you can provide the appropriate care and reduce the risks associated with inadequate oxygenation.2

See how Nellcor™ pulse oximetry with OxiMax™ technology meets six key challenges in neonatal monitoring.



Speed to Post

Seconds count in neonatal care decisions.1 Don’t lose them waiting for an accurate vital signs reading.

Up to 12 seconds faster3

Nellcor™ pulse oximetry has been shown to post on average up to 12 seconds faster than Masimo.3

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Accurate Pulse Rates

Inaccurate pulse rate readings may guide clinicians to inappropriate or unnecessary interventions.4

No deviation from ECG readings3,4

Nellcor™ pulse oximetry showed no clinically significant difference from ECG reference.3,4

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Neonate motion can cause irregular venous blood flow that affects accurate monitoring.4

95%+ specificity in measurements5

Nellcor™ pulse oximetry was the first motion tolerant technology to comply with ISO 80601-2-61.2011.6

We're Handling Motion


Low Saturation

Saturation rates as low as 66% in the first minutes of life may make neonates difficult to assess.4,7

60% SpO2 ±3% accuracy‡8

Nellcor™ pulse oximetry has demonstrated best-in-class accuracy at saturation rates as low as 60%.‡8

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Nuisance Alarms

Alarm fatigue can negatively impact your workflow and your ability to provide the best possible care.

Up to 40% alarm reduction11,12

Nellcor™ SatSeconds alarm management may reduce alarms in neonates by 40 percent.11,12

Trust Your Alarms

† Oxygen saturation accuracy can be affected by certain environmental, equipment, and patient physiologic conditions (as discussed in the operator’s manual for the monitor) that influence readings of SpO2. Please consult the IFU and manual for full safety information.

‡ Range Applicability: Ranges apply to Nellcor™ pulse oximetry OXIMAX, MAX-A, MAX-AL, MAX-N, MAX-I, MAX-P sensors; see sensor IFUs for complete information.

The Nellcor™ pulse oximetry monitoring system should not be used as the sole basis for diagnosis or therapy and is intended only as an adjunct in patient assessment.

Request a demo 

The best way to see the difference with Nellcor™ pulse oximetry is to try it for yourself. Request a free demo today and experience peace of mind in neonatal monitoring. Please fill out the form below and a Nellcor™ pulse oximetry product specialist will contact you to set up a time to visit your facility.


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  • Clinical Summary:
  • Monitoring Oxygen Saturation and Heart Rate during Neonatal Transition
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  • Article:
  • From Delivery Room to Discharge: A Guide for Pulse Oximetry and Care
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  • Infographic:
  • Nellcor™ Pulse Oximetry System for Neonatal Patients
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  • Clinical Evidence Guide:
  • Guiding Care in Neonatal Patients
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  • Video:
  • Nellcor™ Pulse Oximetry Motion Tolerant Technology
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  • White Paper:
  • Pulse Rate Performance of Two Pulse Oximeters During Challenging Monitoring Conditions
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1. Wyckoff MH, Aziz K, Escobedo MB, et al. Part 13: neonatal resuscitation: 2015 American Heart Association guidelines update for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care. Circulation. 2015;132(suppl 2):S543–S560.

2. Wyllie J, Perlman JM, Kattwinkel J, Atkins DL, Chameides L, Goldsmith JP, et al., 2010 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations. Resuscitation. 2010;81(Suppl 1): e260–87.

3. Khoury R, Klinger G, Shir Y, Osovsky M, Bromiker R. Monitoring oxygen saturation and heart rate during neonatal transition. comparison between two different pulse oximeters and electrocardiography. J Perinatol. 2020 Nov 30. doi: 10.1038/s41372-020-00881-y. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33250516.

4. Rabi Y, Dawson JA. Oxygen therapy and oximetry in the delivery room. Semin Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013;18(6):330-5. doi: 10.1016/j.siny.2013.08.007.

5. Louie A, Feiner JR, Bickler PE, Rhodes L, Bernstein M, Lucero J. Four types of pulse oximeters accurately detect hypoxia during low perfusion and motion. Anesthesiology. 2018;128(3):520-530. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002002.

6. Source (RE10052121 - PRD / TRACE MATRIX, OXIMAX SENSORS) -Motion Studies: 10035078, 10047614, 10011350 Clinical motion performance was evaluated for the Max A and rationalized to be equivalent to the Max N. -Max N: Clinical functionality of the MAXN sensor has been demonstrated on a population of hospitalized neonate patients. Source (10018923, Clinical Evaluation Report).

7. Dawson JA, Kamlin CO, Vento M, et al. Defining the reference range for oxygen saturation for infants after birth. Pediatrics. 2010;125(6):e1340-e1347. doi: 10.1542/peds.2009-1510.

8. Nellcor Oxygen Saturation Accuracy Specification Grid. Part No. 10091796 Rev B 01/2013.

9. Widiati E, Nurhaeni N, Gayatri D. Medical-device related pressure injuries to children in the Intensive Care Unit. Compr Child Adolesc Nurs. 2017;40(sup1):69-77. doi: 10.1080/24694193.2017.1386973.

10. 10077105 -SoftCare Sensor Peer Review includes verification that the patient contact material is a 1/32’’ PVC closed cell, polyvinyl chloride foam material, 3M 9777L. The Sensor Face drawings (064923 REV B (SC-A), 066042 REV C (SC-PR), 066819 REV D (SC-NEO) and ‘where used’ reports from Agile demonstrate that the patient contact surface is specified in 901813 REV A. A BOM report from Agile is included for each sensor face to coordinate between the face assembly drawing and the patient contact material. 10077105 -SoftCare Sensor Peer Review includes verification that the sensor is secured to the patient using an integral Velcro closure, a Velcro cable wrap is included for anchoring the cable, and that the sensor does include additional adhesives or sticky rings to extend the use of the sensor. The peer review references the following IFU process instructions (see attachments to RE10077105 for details).IFU: 10035575 rev C (SC-A/SC-A-I), 10056240 rev B (SC-NEO/SC-NEO-I), 10035647 rev B (SC-PR/SC-PR-I) – for attachment methodPI065868 rev L: Process Instruction, SoftCare Sensor – verification of package content specification. Product samples: SC-A: lot # 0123072, SC-NEO: lot #8144035, and SC-PR: lot #8032039 – verification of package content

11. Brostowicz HM. Oxygen Saturation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Evaluation of a New Alarm Management. American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. October 2009.

12. Stefanescu BM et al. Improving Filtering of Pulse Oximeter Monitoring Alarms in the Neonatal ICU: Bedside Significance. Resp Care. 2016;61(1):85-89.