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Table 3 Physiological assessment

From: Prediction of nutritive sucking in preterm babies (<34 weeks) and preterm sucking readiness scale

S.No Variable Method of assessment Scoring
1. Respiratory rate Baseline RR counted before feeding session 30–40 breaths/minute Yes = 1. No = 2
2. Oxygen saturation 1. Baseline saturation > 90% Yes = 1. No = 2
2. Direction of change increase =1, decrease =2
3. <=5–10% difference from baseline Yes = 1. No = 2
4. Maximum and minimum SpO2 during handling Max.
Min.