Presentation Information

Regina Grazel

Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD) Using Pulse Oximetry

  • Speaker: Regina Grazel , MSN, RN, BC, APN-C
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME

This presentation will review the background and importance of newborn screening with pulse oximetry to aid in the early detection of critical congenital heart defects and other serious conditions. Factors influencing implementation of the screening including legislation, advocacy efforts and recommendations by professional medical associations will be covered. Best practices for performing the screening will be reviewed as well as implications for screening in the NICU and other special populations. The results of the first statewide screening program implemented in the US will be shared to demonstrate the unique contribution of pulse oximetry in the detection of previously unrecognized CCHD.