A recent study is calling for nationwide mandatory pulse oximetry screening for newborns. Congenital heart disease is the most common and deadliest birth defect. Routine pulse oximetry screening will provide early detection and will help to determine if corrective surgery is necessary. However, only FOUR states (New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland) currently have required pulse ox screening in newborns.
In Colorado, the altitude affects the current pulse ox screening.
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Local author and Congenital Heart Disease advocate Amanda Adams was instrumental in passing legislation in February calling for the Colorado Department of Health to develop a statewide screening system with the state’s high altitude in mind. While it has not been an easy road, Amanda’s new book HEART WARRIORS details how early detection saved her son’s life.