Using pulse oximetry to tackle congenital heart disease

Pulse oximetry is a way of measuring the level of oxygen in people’s bloodstream. It can be used to detect new babies who might be suffering from critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) and using pulse oximetry to check for it is going to become mandatory in Texas shortly. A team of researchers, led by Charleta Guillory from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, developed a training programme and plan to help educate people about it and introduce pulse oximetry on neonatal wards. 13 hospitals took part in the study which led to an increase in nurses’ scores from 71% to 92.5% on a test designed to measure their knowledge of the topic. Of 11,322 new-born babies screened 11 had a positive screen with 1 confirmed case of CCHD

You can read an abstract of this article here.


About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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