Nearly one in three infants who die from birth defects has a heart defect. Hospitals and birthing centers in Nevada can screen newborns for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) - but not all do. We must ensure every Nevada baby receives CCHD screening so they can get life-saving treatment as soon as possible.
Baby Logan went into cardiac arrest and tragically passed away at just 14 months old. Had Logan been screened for CCHD at birth, doctors could have found his heart defect, provided immediate treatment to protect his heart and he might still be alive today.
The American Heart Association supports screening newborns for CCHD with a non-invasive, low-cost screening tool called pulse oximetry. Pulse oximetry screening:
- Saves lives and is cost effective;
- Costs about $3, a small price to save a life;
- Could help identify more than 90% of heart defects;
Sign this petition to provide Nevada babies with CCHD screening. Help give our little ones a heart healthy start in life.
I stand with the American Heart Association in support of screening newborns for CCHD with a non-invasive, low-cost screening tool called pulse oximetry. Pulse oximetry screening will save lives and is cost effective. The screening tool costs about $3, a small price to save a life, and could help identify more than 90 percent of heart defects.
The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services recommends screening newborns for heart defects. Nine other states have added pulse oximetry to their newborn screening panel. Let’s make Nevada #1 and give our little ones a heart healthy start in life.