Strategy Update: Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease

Newborn screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) using pulse oximetry has led to significant improvements in child health outcomes. Shortly after CCHD screening was adopted by all 50 states in July 2018, an expert panel met to review remaining challenges and strategies. During this webinar, two CCHD nurse leaders will discuss the panel’s recommendations for improving screening efficiency and ways nurse providers can improve CCHD screening.

  • Approximately 18 out of every 10,000 babies are born with a critical congenital heart defect, also known as critical congenital heart disease (CCHD).1
  • CCHD is life threatening and requires intervention in infancy. However, CCHD is not always detected prenatally or upon exam in the nursery.

1AAP Program to Enhance the Health and Development of Infants and Children (PEHDIC), 2021