Seattle Children's screening detects heart defects in newborns

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by New Day Producers

KING5.com

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 1:16 PM

A simple and inexpensive screening test could potentially save thousands of newborn lives, but it's a test that is not required in every state.

Pulse oximetry testing can help detect serious heart defects in newborns. And while Washington State does not require this screening, Seattle Children's has been working to inform care providers about the importance of universal testing.

Seattle Children's cardiologist, Dr. Amy Schultz and Erin Palmer, a mother whose newborn son was saved with a pulse oximetry test, join us to talk about the screening.
 

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