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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 5, 2013

Guidance Needed in Newborn Screening for Congenital Heart Defects

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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Section Editor: Rebecca Voelker, MSJ.

JAMA. 2013;309(21):2207. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6024

A review of hospitals in Georgia has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to offer recommendations aimed at helping hospitals implement programs to screen newborns for critical congenital heart defects.

After the US Secretary of Health and Human Services recommended in September 2011 that critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) be added to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel for newborns, the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health surveyed hospitals in the state to learn more about their CCHD screening practices.

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