Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 18, 2013
Sen. Kim David
Pulse Oximetry screenings for newborns heads to full Senate
According to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human
Services’ Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns
and Children, congenital heart disease affects approximately seven
to nine of every one thousand births in the nation. Current methods
for detecting congenital heart defects find less than half of all
cases which is why Sen. Kim
David has filed Senate Bill 851 requiring pulse oximetry screening
for newborns. The measure was approved unanimously Monday by the
Senate Health and Human Services Committee.
“Congenital heart defects are a leading cause of death among
infants with birth defects. This is a simple, noninvasive screening
that could save hundreds of Oklahoma newborns and give even more
a better quality of life,” said David, R-Porter.
Congenital heart defects are structural abnormalities of the heart
that are present at birth. They can range in severity from simple
problems, such as holes between chambers of the heart, to severe
malformations, such as the complete absence of one of more chambers
or valves. Some critical congenital heart defects can cause severe
and life-threatening symptoms which require intervention within
the first days of life.
“The bottom line is current methods for detecting congenital
heart defects including prenatal ultrasound screening and repeated
clinical examinations can identify many affected newborns but these
screenings, alone, identify less than half of all cases,”
said David. “Therefore, critical congenital heart defect cases
are often missed. Many newborn lives could potentially be saved
by earlier detection and treatment of congenital heart defects if
birthing facilities in the state were required to perform this simple
Pulse oximetry estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that
is saturated with oxygen.
SB 851 will now head to the full Senate for further consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. David: (405) 521-5590