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One Simple Test

by Becky S. on Tuesday, March 5, 2013

If you knew that a painless, non-invasive 45 second test that only cost $4.00 could potentially pick up a critical congenital heart disease in a newborn….would you do it?  Yup.  Me too.  Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect in the US and the number one killer of infants with birth defects. 


In fact 9 states already require this test called pulse oximetry for all newborns.  Tomorrow, the Maine Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee will hear from us and some survivors and moms of survivors about why this test is critical.  Will Maine become the 10th state?  I hope so. 

We better move fast because there are 18 other states also considering similar legislation.


Did you know that research shows that screening rates are significantly higher in states that have passed test-specific legislation that in states without these laws?  That is why we can’t rely on individual hospitals to do the right thing.  We need to make sure that all newborns—from Berwick to Meddybemps are tested.
If you want to help—let me know!


Becky.smith@heart.org  207-523-3007

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