American Heart Association volunteers across the state are celebrating the day a critical newborn screening test officially went into effect. For nearly a year, advocates met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and wrote letters to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law. Gov. Cuomo signed the law last August and January 27th marks the day it takes effect statewide. The Pulse Oximetry test will be given to every newborn before discharge from the hospital. It is a simple and non-invasive test that measures the level of oxygen in the blood stream. A low level can be an indication of a congenital heart defect, the most common kind of birth defect. Nearly 1 in 100 infants born each year have a congenital heart defect. Pulse oximetry screening is estimated to help identify more than 90 percent of heart defects.
Celebrate with the many families that fought for this law and watch their triumph here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiGXruD5qsQ&list=UUPkvs3GgnM_pGRS42EKFw2g&feature=c4-overview