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Pulse oximetry screenings save lives!

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that pulse oximetry screenings, which to help identify critical congenital heart disease in newborns, is saving lives! 

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The study showed that the number of deaths in infants from critical congenital heart disease decreased by more than 33 percent between 2007 and 2013 in eight states that require a pulse oximetry screening before newborns leave the hospital. 

According to the CDC, about 1 in every 4 babies born with a congenital heart defect has CCHD and will need surgery or other procedures in the first year of life and in the U.S., about 7,200 babies born each year have one of seven CCHDs.

Thanks in part to your advocacy, pulse oximetry is saving lives in our state!

 

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