Doctors urge public to give views on heart defects test for newborns

Leading doctors who want all newborn babies to be screened for congenital heart defects are urging the public to share their views after a committee recommended the test should not be rolled out nationally.

Pulse oximetry is a simple, non-invasive test which measures oxygen in the blood to identify serious heart conditions and save newborns’ lives, said Andrew Ewer, Professor of Neonatal Medicine at the University of Birmingham.

Around 40% of UK maternity units are using it but the UK’s National Screening Committee has recommended it not be rolled out further because of concerns…
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