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.