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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Require Congenital Heart Defect Screenings for Newborns

August 1, 2013

Governor of New York Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the signing of legislation that will require birthing facilities such as general hospitals and clinics to screen newborns for congenital heart defects through pulse oximetry screening, also known as “pulse ox.” The condition, which affects the structure and function of a newborn’s heart, is present in nearly one percent of live births each year, and is the leading cause of infant death due to birth defects, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adding this screening to the required list of examinations by birthing facilities has the potential to save more newborn lives.

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