The American Heart Association and Mended Little Hearts recently met with Governor Chafee to raise awareness of congenital heart disease and to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry (pulse ox) test.
Our Little Heart Heroes donned their red superhero capes and asked Governor Chafee for his support – now we need your help! Please urge Governor Chafee to expedite the rulemaking process and add pulse ox to the mandatory newborn screening panel - click the following link to take action today: http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=34403
Nearly 30 states mandate pulse ox screening for newborns. Rhode Island has been working on a pilot program and we applaud the hospitals in our state for stepping up to the plate - now it’s time to join the growing list of states that require this lifesaving test.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the U.S. and the leading killer of infants with birth defects. The evidence speaks for itself – wider use of pulse ox screening could help identify more than 90 percent of heart defects.