the sleep apnea in children It is a syndrome that is not sufficiently diagnosed. The methods of detection require the patient to spend one night in the hospital to be monitored and the interpretation of the information obtained is complex. Therefore, a group of Spanish and American scientists and engineers developed a new way of diagnosing.
According to the results, published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, the tests in 981 pediatric patients had an accuracy of 84%. The method combines the measurement of the level of oxygen saturation in blood with the treatment of signals and algorithms.
One of the most important aspects of the new method is that can be done at home with portable devices as it is only necessary to place a clip on the boy's finger. This element records the oxygen levels in the blood at night.
"With this technique and using different classification algorithms, the effects of sleep apnea on the baby on the oximetry signal could be characterized. Obtain information that complements traditional methods of signal analysis"Fernando Vaquerizo, one of the authors of the articles, said.