Newborn pulse ox screening is a simple bedside test to determine the amount of oxygen in a baby’s blood and the baby’s pulse rate. Low levels of oxygen in the blood can be a sign of congenital heart disease. Pulse ox screening can detect heart defects in newborns that often have no other symptoms. Those heart defects include:
- Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
- Pulmonary atresia (with intact septum)
- Transposition of the great arteries
- Tricuspid atresia
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Truncus arteriosus
- Total anomalous pulmonary venous return
Newborn pulse ox screenings are now required by law in most states, including Missouri.
Provider Consultation Services
For babies determined to likely have a cardiac anomaly, a provider-to-provider consultation with a pediatric cardiologist from The Ward Family Heart Center at Children’s Mercy will be arranged with the potential for remote evaluation at the birth facility.
Get a Consultation
To get consultation for a failed screen or to get additional assistance, please call 1-877-PULSE-OX.
On-site echocardiography can be supported by uploading ultrasound images electronically via a secure service for rapid interpretation. For critical conditions, providers will be supported with clinical management consultation while arrangements are made for neonatal critical care and recommendations for transport.