(CROMWELL, Conn.) -- A new study suggests that a majority of newborns are not screened for congenital heart defects (CHDs), the number one killer of infants and newborns.
According to a survey released Monday by Little Hearts Inc., just 1.8 percent of newborns are screened for the defects. The study also found that 58.7 percent of babies eventually diagnosed with a CHD were not screened for the defects at birth.
"Some hospitals in some states have adopted CHD screening for newborns, but we need to see screening implemented nationwide," said Lenore Cameron, president and executive director of Little Hearts. "We've seen too many babies die as a result of a CHD --babies whose lives might have been saved if only they were diagnosed sooner, which is possible with a simple pulse-oximetry test that can produce results within minutes."
Little Hearts announced the results of their survey just as CHD Awareness Week kicked off Monday.
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