CDC assesses congenital heart defect screening practices

04/18/2013 | Family Practice News

In Georgia, 22 of 71 hospitals routinely screen all newborns for congenital heart defects, while all 11 hospitals surveyed in New Jersey conducted the screening, CDC researchers said. Lack of on-site echocardiography and the need to transfer patients for screening were among the barriers cited by Georgia hospitals for not performing newborn screening. The findings appear in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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