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Newborn Heart Defect Screening Is Now Law In South Dakota

Every year hundreds of newborns leave U.S. hospitals with undetected heart defects. New legislation now active in South Dakota aims to save those lives by mandating that all state hospitals provide a specific type of newborn heart screening. known as


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Every year hundreds of newborns leave U.S. hospitals with undetected heart defects. New legislation now active in South Dakota aims to save those lives by mandating that all state hospitals provide a specific type of newborn heart screening. known as Pulse Oximetry. †Pulse Oximetry can identify newborns with specific critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) also known as critical congenital heart disease. On average CCHDs account for about 25% of the total number of congenital heart defects cases. Without Pulse Oximetry screening, newborns with CCHDs can easily be overlooked as the symptoms of CCHD might not be apparent before a newborn leaves the hospital. †This new law takes effect in South Dakota on July 1, 2013.

About the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation

Comprised of volunteers whose lives have been touched by newborn screening (NBS), Save Babies Through Screening Foundation is the only advocacy organization in the country dedicated to Newborn Screening. SBTS aims to educate parents, pediatric healthcare providers and policy makers about available comprehensive Newborn Screening, the importance of obtaining positive or other test results requiring follow-up actions within five days of birth and the importance of prompt confirmatory testing and treatment/management when required. The Foundationís mission is to ensure that every newborn in the U.S. be screened successfully, effectively and comprehensively.

Save Babies Through Screening Foundation programs are supported by public contributionís that help us deliver vital education, community services, and advocacy programs free of charge. Every gift, whether large or small, helps us protect children from the effects of these detectable and treatable disorders.

CONTACT: Save Babies Through Screening Foundation†
http://www.savebabies.org
P. O. Box 42197†Cincinnati,
OH 45242†
Toll Free: 1-888-454-3383



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