Before a baby leaves a hospital, pulse oximetry screening – a simple clip on the toe – helps identify congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association has been working to ensure that babies in every state have this screening before they go home from any birthing facility.
Currently, this screening isn’t required in Vermont. But, the Vermont Department of Health will begin a rulemaking this month to enact new regulations that could require this screening at hospitals in Vermont.
Please let the health department know this is something you strongly support so parents don’t take a baby home with an undetected heart defect. The proposed regulation will be available here once posted for public comment. Speak up to ensure Vermont babies get a heart healthy start on life.