Small hearts can conceal big challenges, especially when it comes to congenital heart defects (CHD), the No.1 killer of infants with birth defects. Fortunately, Louisiana legislators recently passed a bill that ensures all newborns receive a pulse oximetry screening to detect heart defects being leaving the hospital. Now, it’s time for Governor Jindal to sign the bill into law.
Tell Governor Jindal to help small hearts fight big challenges!
By adding pulse oximetry to the current screening methods of newborns, we can identify some infants with a CHD before they show signs and potentially save their lives. Pulse oximentry is:
• a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive screening that can detect heart defects before a newborn goes home;
• performed by placing sensors on a baby's hand and foot to check for low blood oxygen levels that could indicate a potential congenital heart defect; and
• an effective way to save lives, using the latest science.
Right now, many – but not all – Louisiana hospitals and birthing centers use this simple screening method. Don’t all Louisiana newborns deserve to be screened for heart defects?
Let’s give our children a healthy start in life by supporting a simple, non-invasive screening for all newborns. Ask Governor Jindal for his support today!