Doctor baby 300FRANKFORT, Ky. (2/16/14) – Kentucky’s birthing hospitals have implemented a crucial screening for newborns, adding pulse oximetry testing for Critical Congenital Heart Disease to the list of routine newborn screenings.

For early detection of this life-threatening birth defect, the testing is now performed on every infant before hospital discharge.

On April 17, 2013, Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 125 into law mandating screening of newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Disease.

In honor of the law and its recent implementation, the Governor has proclaimed Feb. 7-14, Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week in Kentucky.

Feb. 7-14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

“Newborn screenings are essential to detect the presence of life-threatening birth defects, conditions and diseases early on,” said Stephanie Mayfield, M.D. commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health. “For many of our children, early screening can mean the difference between good health and well-being and one spent dealing with a debilitating condition. It can even mean the difference between life and death.”

Congenital Heart Disease is the most common birth defect in the United States and the leading cause of infant death related to birth defects.

Congenital Heart Disease affects one in every 100 babies.

One-third of the cases of Congenital Heart Disease are a more serious type of the disease known as Critical Congenital Heart Disease.

Due to the nature of this particular type of the condition, half of the cases of Critical Congenital Heart Disease are discovered after the baby is discharged from the hospital because the baby appears healthy.

“If not caught before hospital discharge, serious or life-threatening complications could occur within the first days or weeks of life,” said Mayfield.

Pulse oximetry testing is quick, painless and reliable.

By utilizing the screening methods developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 85 percent of Critical Congenital Heart Disease cases can be identified before hospital discharge. Early detection and intervention by a pediatric cardiologist resulting from this testing can greatly improve the quality of life for these infants.

For more information about Critical Congenital Heart Disease and pulse oximetry testing, please visit the Kentucky Newborn Screening website.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Cabinet for Health and Family Services

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 7560

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 7301

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 21, 2015 3403

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 3394

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 2353

Hopkins Man Injured in Muhlenberg Motorcycle…

by SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10814

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7604

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 26, 2015 2261

Mandarin House Gearing Up to Open Soon

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 2218

Large Necklace on Rearview Mirror Lands Driver in…

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1764

Governor Announces Hopkins County as Kentucky…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1414

Two Central City People Jailed on Meth Charges

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1224

Veterans Honor Veterans

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1093

‘Remembering Those That Paid All’

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1015

Bremen Man Charged with Concealed Brass Knuckles…

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 994

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 891

Teenager Injured during Multiple Rollover…

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 641

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News