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 diaper 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 2010, The American Heart Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and the March of Dimes all recommended pulse ox testing as a regular part of newborn health screenings. This test could save the lives of thousands of babies nationwide. Let's start screening for this deadly and silent condition in Utah now. Please sign this petition if you support a bill in favor of pulse ox testing in all newborns born in Utah.
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