45 seconds. That's all it takes for a technician to complete a simple and painless test on a newborn to screen for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD). The Wyoming Department of Health is in the process of amending its Newborn Screening mandates to include Pulse Oximetry testing to screen for CCHD.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the U.S. and the leading cause of infant death from birth defects. Early detection is key and through pulse oximetry screening, we can catch life threatening heart conditions in babies before they go home from the hospital.
The Wyoming Secretary of State’s office opened the newborn screening rules for public comment last week and will remain open until June 20th. If you are the parent of a child with CCHD, or if you were born with one, or simply believe that the state has a responsibility to care for its smallest, most vulnerable residents, and would like to help make CCHD screening a requirement in Wyoming, please click here to take action by submitting public comment!
Thank you for looking out for the health of our smallest Wyomingites!