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

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.

In Other News...

Children's Advocacy Benefit Rally on Target for Tomorrow

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/17/15) — The Owensboro Police Department is pleased to announce the third annual Children’s Advocacy… Read More

Highland to Host Leadership Day

OWENSBORO, Ky. (4/17/15) — Highland Elementary School is hosting a special event titled "We're All A Buzz For… Read More
1 DOW 17,826.30
-279.47 (-1.54%)    
2 S&P 2,081.18
-23.81 (-1.13%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,931.81
-75.98 (-1.52%)    

Most Read This Week

April 13, 2015 6177

Three Juveniles, Adult Accused of Vandalizing…

by Deputy Will Coursey
April 14, 2015 4911

Several Juveniles Charged in Connection with Fight

by SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 4694

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 16, 2015 3359

Crime Stoppers Fugitive of the Week – April 16,…

by Hopkinsville – Christian County Crime Stoppers
April 18, 2015 3202

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read This Month

March 18, 2015 10059

UPDATE: Hanson Man Located in Henderson, Taken to…

by Trooper Stu Recke
April 02, 2015 8444

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 17, 2015 4694

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 18, 2015 3202

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 17, 2015 1168

Madisonville Police Reports Released

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 17, 2015 1123

Two Charged in Connection with Powderly Firearms…

by SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 1017

Police Officers Building Up Community by Helping…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 903

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 871

MPD Offers Advice On Prom, Underage Drinking

by Lt. Billy Poe
April 17, 2015 817

'The Bidding is On' at Annual Library Auction

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 17, 2015 558

Brown Pitches Baseball to Series Opener over…

by UK Athletics
April 17, 2015 548

Free Seedling Plantings Available While Supplies…

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News