Pulse Ox[imetry] or pulse oxymetry in the UK Screening. Do you even know what it is? Ever seen it done? Dis your child have it done? And Does it hurt?.
Pulse Ox is a method of the monitoring of the saturation of a patients hemoglobin. A sensor is placed on a thin part of the patient's body, usually a fingertip or earlobe, or in the case of an infant, across a foot. Then a blood-oxygen monitor displays the percentage of arterial hemoglobin in the oxyhemoglobin configuration. & it does NOT hurt!
Can detect CCHD or CHD early in life. [Critical Congenital Heart Disease or Congenital Heart Disease] But just because baby does not pass does not mean [s]he has a CHD.
How to know if my baby Passed or failed. Ask your doctor! To pass the baby has to have no more then a 3% different in the pulse ox in hand and foot. To maximize the accuracy of the result it should be done in the 2ed day of life instead of only 12 hours after birth.
1 in 10 babies are born with a CHD!! Congenital heart disease involves defects of the walls, valves, arteries or veins of the heart. 25% of the babies are critical!
1 in 6 babies that die from a CHD are un-diagnosis!
Are pulse ox screenings done regularly? NO! Does this need to change? YES! Please Pass this info on. & share your stories [and feel free to add any info I may have missed]