Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

20A Optimal Neonatal Oxygen Targeting

The Optimal Neonatal Oxygen Targeting  APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce morbidity and mortality due to poor oxygen targeting in the neonatal setting. Actionable steps to improve oxygen targeting and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for optimal oxygen targeting
  • Knowledge base on oxygen targeting and meaningful adjustment
  • How to educate patients and family members about neonatal oxygen needs
  • Optimal neonatal oxygen targeting resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve neonatal oxygen targeting and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive Summary

The Problem Oxygen saturation levels can be challenging to interpret and because optimal oxygen is dependent on continuous adjustments at the bedside, there is a need for standardization in alarms for optimal targeting range. The Cost Hypoxia (low blood oxygen) in preterm infants can cause severe harm or death. Giving supplemental oxygen helps

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