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Newborn Screening Test Likely Saves Infant

by Pamela M. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

States across the country are taking advantage of new technology and implementing a newborn congential heart defects screening bill in their states.  Pulse oximetry is a simple, non-invasive test that can detect a possible congenital heart defect (CCHD) in newborns.  South Dakota joined the growing list of states to pass legislation requiring all newborns be screened for CCHD before going home from the hospital.  In California, this newly passed legislation is being credited with saving the life of an Orange County infant.  South Dakota passed the newborn CCHD screening bill during the past legislative session.  CCHD affects nearly 7,000 infants each year in the United States.  Pulse oximetry can detect CCHD in 90% of infants who are born with a congenital heart defect.  For more on this story, CLICK HERE

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