Nearly one in three infants who die from birth defects has a heart defect. Hospitals and birthing centers in Iowa can screen newborns for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) - but not all do. We must ensure every Iowa baby receives CCHD screening so they can get life-saving treatment as soon as possible.
The American Heart Association supports screening newborns for CCHD with pulse oximetry which is:
· noninvasive, inexpensive and saves lives;
· 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 could help identify more than 90% of heart defects…a delay in diagnosis could lead to additional health issues and even death.
Sign this petition to ensure Iowa babies are given a Pulse Oximetry screening before they leave the hospital and 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 pulse oximetry. Pulse oximetry is 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. It is noninvasive, inexpensive and saves lives. A delay in diagnosis could lead to additional health issues and even death.
Nearly 25 states are currently working to add pulse oximetry to their newborn screening panel. Fourteen states have already passed pulse oximetry policies making sure that all newborns are screened for congenital heart defects before they leave the hospital.
Please help give Iowa parents peace of mind by signing the Standings Bill SF 452 with amendment H1426 intact when it arrives at your desk. Thank you for your service to our state and babies across Iowa.