Hospitals Now Must Screen for Heart Disease in Newborns

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Hospitals Now Must Screen for Heart Disease in
Newborns
Because many congenital heart disease cases are overlooked in the prenatal stages or even in early
infancy, a government agency has begun recommending screening newborns for critical congenital
cyanotic heart disease (CCCHD).
The Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children recently
announced that there is cause enough to get CCCHD screenings for newborns, which is a severe type of
heart defect that is life-threatening.
The Health and Human Services Department now recommends adding CCCHD to the newborn
screening panel, according to a release from the Health Resources & Services Administration. The
recommendation is supported by a variety of groups including the American Academy of Pediatrics and
the Children’s Heart Foundation.
The Secretary’s Advisory Committee added the screening recommendation, but also noted that more
research needs to take place quickly to ensure the whole process is working correctly. This means the
National Institutes of Health will now research the entire screening process. The Health Resources and
Services Administration will look closely at standards, and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention will look at outcomes after completing its study, according to a release from HRSA.
Missed or even delayed diagnosis of CCCHD can result in injury or infant death. The newborn injuries
can include morbidity or injury to vital organs that can be permanent.
The existing CCHD detection approach of ultrasounds and physical exams in the nursery have failed to
identify enough cases of the heart disease, according to the Journal of the American Academy of
Pediatrics’ website. Studies have shown that pulse oximetry ¨C a painless, non-invasive technology ¨C
is universally available to add to newborn assessments.
The motion-sensitive pulse oximeters come in both disposable and reusable varieties, and both options
are acceptable detection devices, according to the Pediatrics website. To reduce the number of false-
positive results, Pediatrics recommends that screening occurs more than 24 hours after the birth or as
close to the time of discharge from the hospital as possible.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that CCCHD will be added
to the recommended uniform screening panel in September. It is up to each state to determine how to
incorporate the new screenings into their own programs, according to the Pediatrics website.
The HRSA has pledged to develop training and educational materials for parents and relevant health

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This article is provided as general information and is not legal advice nor does the publishing of this literature constitute an
attorney client relationship.
                                                                                            Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
                                                                                            351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
                                                                                                          Chicago, IL 60654
                                                                                                        Phone: 312.222.0010
                                                                                                  Toll Free: 1.877.595.4878

care professionals. Public health and professional health care organizations will help the development,
but it will be funded by the HRSA.
If a medical professional fails to order a critical test that leads to a birth injury or fails to diagnose a
heart problem that needs immediate care, the family has the right to seek compensation for additional
health care costs and pain and suffering caused from the missed diagnosis.
Robert Briskman is a Chicago birth injury lawyer and Chicago birth injury attorney with Briskman
Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit
http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.




When you need a Chicago personal injury attorney, Chicago wrongful death lawyer, Chicago medical
malpractice lawyer, or Chicago accident attorney, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

This article is provided as general information and is not legal advice nor does the publishing of this literature constitute an
attorney client relationship.

				
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Description: Because many congenital heart disease cases are overlooked in the prenatal stages or even in early infancy, a government agency has begun recommending screening newborns for critical congenital cyanotic heart disease (CCCHD).