A Federal Advisory Panel is now recommending before newborns leave the hospital, they be tested for signs of congenital heart disease, one of the most common types of birth defects. This test is called “Pulse Ox”.
A pulse ox test is simple and non-invasive. It also costs less than a diaper change. It looks like a little band-aid that is wrapped around the infant’s foot or hand. It then displays the oxygen level and heart rate on a monitor.
The Emerson Rose Heart Foundation™ has started the 2012 Pulse Ox for South Carolina fundraising campaign to raise money for pulse ox machines to be placed in hospitals throughout South Carolina. We need your help. Click below to get involved now!
“Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects, and timely diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death in the most severe cases,” Joel Brenner, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
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Pulse oximetry has been recommended by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology as a potential screening test for critical CHD.
Help us put South Carolina on the map as one of the first States to screen our newborns! For more information on Pulse Ox screening, click here.