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Beating the Odds: Heart Defects for 1 in 100 MN Babies

by Anne S. on Thursday, February 7, 2013

 Today kicks off Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb 7-14). Governor Dayton has recognized the week with a state proclamation and on Feb. 12th, we will celebrate Heart on the Hill Lobby Day, advocating for better screening for congenital heart defects.

Check out the great story below on the Pulse Oximetry bill, a bill that would require all Minnesota newborns to be screened for critical congenital heart defects using the noninvasive pulse oximetry test.

For every 100 babies born in Minnesota, one has a congenital heart defect. Advocates are seeking to catch such problems before babies are sent home from the hospital.

A bill carried by state Rep. Patti Fritz, D-Faribault, and supported across the aisle by Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River, aims to add a Pulse Oximetry test to the panel of mandatory newborn screenings.

"You place two sensors, one on the hand and one on the foot, and it measures the oxygen level in the blood in the newborn baby," Zerwas said, "and that helps detect congenital birth defects." Read the rest of the article.

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