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January 6, 1962

Screening of Children with Suspected Congenital Heart Disease: Experience in a Rural Area

Author Affiliations

Boise, Idaho

JAMA. 1962;179(1):9-13. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050010011002

Experience with "screening" of children with suspected congenital heart disease in a rural community over a period of 8 years demonstrated that the procedures used were safe, effective, and economical. They should become more so with increasing experience. The patients were separated into those needing immediate definitive care, those for whom such care was unavailing, those for whom definitive care could await an optimal time, and those with no indications for such care. No increase in mortality or morbidity could be attributed to the selection of cases. The records of 182 children are included in this study; the salient features are reviewed, and the costs are discussed briefly.