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Pulse Ox Newborn Screening Bill's First Hearing

by Anne S. on Thursday, February 14, 2013

The following is an update on the pulse ox hearing from Justin Bell:

The Pulse Ox Newborn Screening Bill (H.F. 483) had its first hearing yesterday in the House HHS Policy Committee - where it passed out unanimously! The bill will ensure that every newborn is screened for Critical Congenital Heart Defects(CCHD) prior to being discharged from the hospital. The screening, called Pulse Oximetry, is fast, non-invasive and cheap. It can detect Heart Defects that are not symptomatic otherwise. American Heart Association volunteers Jolene Tesch (Executive Director of Lasting Imprint) and Dr. Ted Thompson (Professor of Pediatric Cardiology) testified in support of the bill as did State Rep. (and AHA Board Member) Nick Zerwas – himself a CCHD survivor.

KSTP (ABC channel 5) also covered the hearing.  Check out the news story here!




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