Make Pulse Oximetry Testing Compulsory in Newborns
  • Petitioning David Cameron

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Prime Minister
David Cameron
Secretary of State for Health
Jeremy Hunt MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health
Daniel Poulter MP
Director General, Finance and NHS
Richard Douglas CB
Mp of Gloucestershire
Richard Graham

Make Pulse Oximetry Testing Compulsory in Newborns

    1. Abbie Brace
    2. Petition by

      Abbie Brace

      Gloucester, United Kingdom

  • 1 in 100 live births are affected by congenital heart defects (CHD).
  • CHD's are the number one birth defect and account for more deaths than all forms of childhood cancers combined.
  • CHD's are treatable, but only if detected early.
  • Every year many infants die from undetected heart defects

Pulse ox testing is a cost-effective (cheaper than a nappy change), non-invasive test that can detect heart defects.

Hospitals already have the required machines and only need invest in the small probes on the end of the finger.

Nurses can perform the test in seconds. Early detection can save thousands in increased public health costs.

In the USA in many states this is already a compulsory screening test in Newborns before they are allowed to leave hospital. Saving thousands of babies lives a year as if not detected early it could be too late.

This test could save the lives of thousands of babies nationwide. 

More information needs to be given to expectant mothers about CHDs as many of us will have only found out about Congeital Heart Defects because we have learnt that our baby has a Heart Defect. Not all of these were picked up on a 20week scan and were undiagnosed untill birth or even until taken home and then rushed back to hospital for emergency surgery. People need to be made more aware of CHD`s and the Pulse Oximetry needs to be made compulsory so that newborns cannot leave the hospital without the most vital organ to keep them alive working properly.

Its time for the UK to take action and Raise awareness of CHD`s and Pulse Oximetry in Newborns. 

This needs to be a compulsory screening test in all babies.

Sign this petition to make this happen please share this and encourage people to sign to help raise awareness.

Thousands of Newborn lives a year could be saved by your Signiture. 

To:
David Cameron, Prime Minister
Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health
Daniel Poulter MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health
Richard Douglas CB, Director General, Finance and NHS
Richard Graham, Mp of Gloucestershire
Make Pulse Oximetry Testing Compulsory in Newborns

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Contact has been made

      Abbie Brace
      Petition organiser

      Just to let you all know contact has been made with Richard Graham and we are waiting to hear back from the others :) please keep sharing more signatures the better!!! xx

    3. 193 signatures

      Abbie Brace
      Petition organiser

      193 signatures guys keep sharing so we can reach the goal of 3500

    4. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Daniel Bowes LINCOLN, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 days ago

      1 in 100 is too much.

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    • Rosalind Turnbull NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 21 days ago

      Surely screening is better than death or stressful and costly surgery later??

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    • Butter Fly GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      <3

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    • Frankie Brunker BISHOP'S STORTFORD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      This seems like a no-brainer, especially if it saves precious little lives

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    • emma holloway NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      i was born with a heart defect and it wasn't picked up until i was pregnant at the age of 19.

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