AAP, AHA issue guidance on pulse oximetry screening

07/8/2009 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Pulse oximetry screening for newborns can detect critical congenital heart defects but more research is needed before it is routinely used, according to a scientific statement from AAP and the American Heart Association. The groups said more research is needed on reasons for performance variability after a study review found accuracy rates for detecting congenital heart defects ranged from 0% to 100%.

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