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Pulse Oximetry Requirements in Wisconsin - July 2014

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) added, by emergency rule, screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) by pulse oximetry to the Wisconsin Newborn Screening Program’s panel of conditions, effective July 3, 2014.

Letter to health care providers about this change

Hospitals and out of hospital birth attendants are required to submit a Newborn Screening Blood Collection form for every baby. If a baby is not screened for CCHD, the reason should be recorded. Instructions for completing the Newborn Screening Blood Collection Form are available at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) Newborn Screening website.

Hospitals and out of hospital birth attendants no longer need to submit the “Not Screened for CCHD by Pulse Oximetry” form when using the new blood collection cards with completed CCHD information on each card. If CCHD pulse oximetry testing has not been done by the time the blood specimen is ready, photocopy the newborn screening blood card and ship the original blood card. Record the CCHD pulse oximetry screening results on the photocopy of the blood card, and send to the WSLH. CCHD screening should never delay submitting blood cards to the WSLH.

SHINE Project Launches On-line Cardiac Sonographers Training Course

The SHINE Project is pleased to announce the launch of an on-line training course for cardiac sonographers who may be called upon to perform an echocardiogram on a baby who has failed their pulse oximetry testing. "The Terrible Ten" is an overview of the anatomy, physiology, and echocardiography of critical congenital heart disease. Sonographers completing the course can earn 2 hours of RDMS credit at no cost.

View the On-line Training