Check out this recent article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the efforts to ensure that all babies in Wisconsin are screened for congenital heart defects before they leave the hospital. The article leads off with a story from one of our You're the Cure advocates:
Hope Patchak thought maybe she was just being overzealous when she kept telling doctors something was wrong with her baby.
"When he was born, he was very blue — crazy blue," said Patchak, 33, of Oak Creek. "I asked, 'Why is he so blue?' and the nurse said, 'Oh, he'll pink up.'"
Patchak took her baby, Simon, to the pediatrician three or four times over the next two weeks. Finally, the pediatrician put a pulse oximeter on his hand and foot to measure the oxygen saturation in his blood.
A healthy saturation is 95% or greater. His was 65%.
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If you'd like to help the American Heart Association thank the bill sponsors in the Senate and Assemby, please click this link to take action: http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=33472
I am an RN, mother, and grandmother to be. The importance of monitoring pulse oximetry on any newborn is imperative to assess for early signs of cardiac issues. It should be incorporated into the vital signs of a neonate. Likewise, a comprehensive physical assessment of both parents should be done in order to reveal any underlying cardiac problems so that they monitored in the baby. From the time of birth, it should be essential that an infant''s cardiac status is thoroughly assessed to ensure everything is being done to make sure the infant is as healthy as possible and to detect problems early on to provide early intervention.
Linda Hereth BSN RN-BC