A expert panel has laid out a strategy for implementing a national screening program to test all newborns for congenital heart disease, the leading cause of death from birth defects in children younger than 1 year. The panel, whose recommendations were released August 21 online in Pediatrics, said such screening can easily be performed using pulse oximetry to detect abnormal oxygen saturation levels suggestive of possible congenital heart disease (doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-1317).
Mitka M. Panel Proposes National Plan to Screen Newborns for Congenital Heart Disease. JAMA. 2011;306(16):1748–1749. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1552