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One Step Closer to Saving Georgia's Babies

by Krystle N. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014

On February 10, 2014 - just ahead of the impending ice storm that closed the state for nearly a week - Governor Nathan Deal presented a proclamation to several families affected by critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) that recognizes February 7 – 14 as CCHD Awareness Week.  The American Heart Association appreciates the Governor's help to raise awareness of the number one killer of infants with a birth defect.

Later that month, a team at the Department of Health put together a comprehensive regulation that will set the protocols for every single birthing center in Georgia on how to screen for a CCHD.  At 24 hours of age, an infant will have the probe placed on its finger or toe, and if the oxygen measured is below a certain number, the baby will receive further cardiac. The regulation will be put out for public comment in the coming weeks; a public hearing will also take place.

Georgia’s passage of this regulation brings us one step closer to every single state screening for CCHD.

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