• Critical Congenital Heart Defects and Pulse Oximetry

      Center for Public Health Law Research (Temple University Beasley School of Law) (2014-03-25)
      Congenital heart defects cause nearly one-quarter of deaths due to birth defects in infants. Nearly 5,000 babies are born each year with seven specific Critical Congenital Heart Defects or Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD). There is a low-cost, non-invasive screening procedure, called pulse oximetry, that is effective in detecting CCHD. By making this screening mandatory, CCHD could be detected early and follow-ups could be done to improve health. Chris Walker, of the Network for Public Health Law, shared this Critical Opportunity at the 2012 Public Health Law Conference in Atlanta.