Key Findings: Study Finds Infant Cardiac Deaths Have Declined in States that Mandate Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease

Monday, December 11, 2017


The Journal of the American Medical Association has published a study reporting a more than 33% decline in infant deaths from critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) in eight states that mandated screening for CCHD using pulse oximetry (a non-invasive way to measure the level of oxygen in an infant’s blood) compared to states without screening policies. CCHD screening nationwide is projected to save at least 120 babies each year. This study is the first look at the impact of state policies to either require or recommend screening of infants for CCHD at birth. You can read the scientific summary here.