Ethnic Disparities in Publicly-available Pulse Oximetry Databases

Fatemeh Sinaki, Rabab Ward, Derek Abbott, John Allen, Richard Fletcher, Carlo Menon, Mohamed Elgendi

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    Inaccuracies have been reported in pulse oximetry measurements taken from
    people who identified as Black. Here, we identify substantial ethnic disparities in
    the population numbers within 12 pulse oximetry databases, which may affect
    the testing of new oximetry devices and impact patient outcomes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number59
    Number of pages5
    JournalCommunications Medicine
    Issue number1
    Early online date27 May 2022
    Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2022

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    • Biomarkers
    • Diagnostic markers
    • Public health


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