Newborn pulse ox screening can detect heart defects in newborns that often have no other symptoms. It 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. Newborn pulse ox screenings are now required by law in most states, including Missouri.
Screening Focuses on Seven Heart Defects
- 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
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.
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.
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