Pulse Ox Screening.org


To identify all healthy-appearing newborns with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) in New Hampshire before discharge from the birthing facility, and prevent the threats to infants and their families due to missing this diagnosis and allowing newborns to become critically ill at home.

We accomplish this by:

  1. Educating parents and providers about the routine use of pulse oximetry to detect CCHD, interpretations of results, and best next steps when a baby fails the screening
  2. Providing providers access to critical pediatric cardiology consult services and skilled pediatric cardiac ultrasound/pediatric echocardiography
  3. Networking perinatal providers of all types (nursing, obstetrics, family practice, pediatrics, neonatology, pediatric cardiology, genetics)
  4. Disseminating accurate information on a timely basis
  5. Advocating for universal pulse oximetry screening

[Download pulse oximetry screening algorithms]

[Download pulse oximetry education materials]

Pulse oximetry screening algorithm CDC factsheet on pulse oximetry screening for CCHD

Download and print pulse oximetry screening algorithms

Patient Education Materials

Adobe PDF file Children's Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) revision [Read article]

CDC revision [Read article]

Adobe PDF fileAAP/AHA/ACC proposed algorithm [Read article]

Adobe PDF fileCDC factsheet on pulse ox screening for CCHD [Read article]

Children’s National Medical Center’s Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program [Visit site]


Provider Education Materials


Children’s National Medical Center’s Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program [Visit site]

[Other Resources]


Sentinal papers and guidelines

From US Government Agencies

Adobe PDF file AAP: Endorsement of Health and Human Services Recommendation for Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease [Read article]

Adobe PDF file AAP/AHA/ACC: Strategies for Implementing Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease. Pediatrics. 2011; 128:e1-e8. [Read article]

Adobe PDF file AAP/AHA: Role of pulse oximetry in examining newborns for congenital heart disease: A scientific statement from the AHA and AAP. Pediatrics. 2009;124:823-836. [Read articleExternal Web Site Icon]

CDC recommendations and rationale for pulse oximetry screening for CCHD [Visit site]

Adobe PDF fileRead HHS Secretary Sebelius’ letter on adding CCHD to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel [Read article]

Secretary's Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children [Read article]

CHD Advocacy Groups

Local Legislation

CDC's list of recommended links [Visit site]

PulseOxAdvocacy.com [Visit site]

1in100.org [Visit site]

View US map with the status of CCHD screening in each state [Visit site]

NH: Senate Bill 348-FN (a.k.a. SB 0348, or "Parker's Law")