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Pulse Ox: Giving Newborns a Healthy Start

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. Approximately 8 per every 1,000 babies are born with a form of CHD, and nationally as many as an estimated 2,000 outwardly healthy babies are discharged from hospitals every year with an unrecognized critical form of CHD. Performed at 24 hours of life, a pulse oximetry (pulse ox) test can quickly and painlessly determine whether some babies have critical congenital heart disease and possibly save his or her life.

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Through advocacy and clinical research, Children’s National Health System is leading the effort to make this test a standard procedure throughout the country and the world. So far, 35 states require the test, and Children’s National works with teams in the Middle East, the Netherlands, Mexico, and Morocco, and other countries to make sure that every baby will have the medical care they need to get a healthy start in life.

Please consider making a donation to help more kids get this life-saving test. Your gift of any size will help make this test the standard of care for newborns in hospitals across the country and around the world.

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