Arizona Mandates Pulse Oximetry Screening for Newborns

Arizona became the 36th state to require newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) recently when Governor Jan Brewer signed H.B. 2491 into law. The law requires the department of health services to adopt rules on or before July 1, 2015 that require CCHD screening using pulse oximetry on each newborn delivered. The test must be performed prior to discharging the newborn from the birthing facility. The law also states that the results of the CCHD screening must be reported to the department of health services for data collection purposes. Read up on other states that have recently passed CCHD screening legislation.

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