- by Dr Gowher Yusuf
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- Nov 03 2017
Should pulse oximeter be used for screening critical congenital heart defects in asymptomatic newborn babies?
Critical CHD defined as cardio-vascular disorders from which infants died or required invasive procedures or surgery in the first 28 days of life.
The American Academy of Pediatrics endorsed universal newborn screening with pulse oximetry in January 2012 and stated that screening should be performed after 24 hours of age if at all possible and should include readings from both the right hand and either foot. They recommend a "pass" oxygen saturation level of 95%, repeat screens at oxygen saturations of 90%-95%, and immediate evaluation in infants whose pulse oximetry readings were less than 90%.
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