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Children, Volume 5, Issue 3 (March 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The reliability of wearable photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors to measure heart rate (HR) in [...] Read more. The reliability of wearable photoplethysmography (PPG) sensors to measure heart rate (HR) in hospitalized patients has only been demonstrated in adults. We evaluated the accuracy of HR monitoring with a personal fitness tracker (PFT) in children undergoing surgery. HR monitoring was performed using a wrist-worn PFT (Fitbit Charge HR) in 30 children undergoing laparoscopy or open surgery. PFT–measured HR showed excellent accuracy in comparison with HR measured during cECG and SpO2R monitoring. Accuracy remained high in children under 8 years old and weighing less than 30 kg and when the HR was <70 beats per minute (bpm) or >140 bpm. PFT accuracy was similar during laparoscopy and open surgery, as well as preoperatively and during the intervention, without electrical/electro-magnetic interference by the surgical environment. View the paper here.