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A Victory for Pulse Ox Screening!

by Melissa B. on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Last Tuesday morning, we had an important victory here in Pennsylvania for pulse oximetry (pulse ox) screenings. HB 1420 was passed unanimously by the PA House Human Services Committee, sending the pulse ox bill to the full House for a vote.  This legislation would require pulse ox screenings for all newborns in Pennsylvania before leaving the hospital.

Pulse ox screening is a low-cost, non-invasive and painless bedside diagnostic test that can be completed by a technician in as little as 45 seconds. Pulse ox testing is conducted to estimate the percentage of hemoglobin in the blood that is saturated with oxygen. When the screening identifies newborns with low blood oxygen concentration, additional testing can be completed to detect heart defects or other life-threatening conditions that could have gone undetected.

Thank you to all the wonderful families that have given their time to support this issue and share their stories. Please take the time to visit our action center and send your legislator a message letting them know that this issue is important to you.

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