Did you know that a simple pulse oximetry screening can detect a congenital heart defect that might have otherwise gone unnoticed? House Bill 1420 would ensure that all Pennsylvania newborns are given this lifesaving screening before being discharged from the hospital. Please urge your Senator to make Pennsylvania the next state to support pulse oximetry screening for newborns!
Congenital heart disease affects approximately eight of every 1,000 live births. They are the most common birth defects in the U.S. and the leading killer of infants with birth defects. Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive, inexpensive test conducted on newborns before they leave the hospital, in conjunction with current CHD screening methods. It greatly improves the effectiveness and likelihood of detecting critical or possibly life-threatening heart defects that might otherwise go undetected. In fact, new research suggests wider use of pulse ox screening could help identify more than 90 percent of heart defects.