eye-3-yellow-3d-2-new-logo philly_kyw_new philly_94wip_new 35h_cbssportsrad_philly philly_wpht_new

Local

New Jersey Legislators Propose Blood Oxygen Test For Every Newborn

View Comments
(A pulse oximeter sensor.  File photo)

(A pulse oximeter sensor. File photo)

CBS Philly (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSPhilly.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSPhilly.com/Health

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) - Two members of the New Jersey Assembly are proposing a law that would mandate a simple test to be performed on every newborn in the state to help identify children born with a particular type of congenital heart defect.

And at least one Philadelphia doctor says it’s a great idea.

Dr. Nandini Madan, a pediatric cardiologist at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, says a pulse oximetry test — commonly known as “pulse ox” — is painless, takes only seconds, and would be a tremendous help in diagnosing a hidden ailment.

“Not only would you detect these patients early and possibly save their lives, it’s also known that the longer these patients go undetected, there are injuries to the brain, injuries to other organs,” she told KYW Newsradio.

To conduct the test, an infrared sensor that monitors the oxygen level in the infant’s blood is placed on the baby’s foot with an adhesive strip.  So why isn’t this being done all the time?

“It costs about a dollar per baby, which not much at all, but I think that they don’t want to add to the total expense,” says Dr. Madan.

Even though the procedure is an easy one, there is a bit of training required.  Dr. Madan thinks it will take a legislative mandate like this one to get the ball rolling.

Reported by Michelle Durham, KYW Newsradio 1060.

View Comments
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 32,072 other followers