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Newborn Screening Bill Makes Progress

by Barbara K. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A bill that will improve detection for Congenital Heart Defects is making progress in the New Mexico Legislature.  HB 9 was recently passed by the House and is now headed to the Senate. 

HB 9 will ensure all newborns receive a “pulse-ox” test before leaving the hospital. Pulse Oximetry is a non-invasive test that measures the pulse rate and oxygen in the blood.

When this simple screening is performed it can be extremely effective at detecting critical, life-threatening congenital heart defects and many lives could potentially be saved by earlier detection and treatment.

Please take action here to thank House member who voted YES, and encourage your Senator to do the same.


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