CLEVELAND -- It's relatively inexpensive, non-invasive, quick and painless and may literally save the life of a newborn.
It's called a Pulse Oximetry test and it may detect up to seven different types of Congenital heart defects.
Congenital heart defects are the leading birth defect in the U.S. and the number one killer of infants with birth defects.
Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities of the heart that are present at birth. These defects range in severity from simple holes or murmurs to server malformations, such as the complete absence of one or more chambers or valves. Many can be deadly.
Pulse oximetry screening is a non-invasive test that estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen. When performed on newborns in the delivery center it is effective at detecting life-threatening defects which otherwise can go undetected by current screening methods.
Ohio currently does not provide universal pulse oximetry screening for all newborns. Legislation is needed to provide authority to the Ohio Newborn Screening Advisory Council to develop plans and procedures for extending this life saving screening to Ohio babies.
Click on the link to read the Senate Bill 4 before the Ohio Legislature.
If you'd like to request your local lawmaker take action click HERE. Once you sign in, click on "View All" and find the Ohio Pulse Oximetry petition.