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
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