Reference 2017-7

REF:            2017-7

Subject:        Pulse Oximetry Testing

          

 

Request:

The reason for my email to you as a hospital is, do you preform the Pulse Oximetry Testing in newborns?

Were you as a hospital apart of the Pilot scheme which ran in 2015 until the end of 2015? This was run in 15 trusts across England.

Do you inform parents of the risks of CHD?
Before & after the 20 week scan?

I am trying to raise awareness that all babies should be tested for CHD, not just us Cardiac mums!

 

 

Response:

The reason for my email to you as a hospital is, do you preform the Pulse Oximetry Testing in newborns?

 

Were you as a hospital apart of the Pilot scheme which ran in 2015 until the end of 2015? This was run in 15 trusts across England.

 

Do you inform parents of the risks of CHD?
Before & after the 20 week scan?

 

I am trying to raise awareness that all babies should be tested for CHD, not just us Cardiac mums!

We perform pulse oximetry on all newborns.

 

It was not done as part of a pilot study. We have been doing pulse oximetry on babies in hospital as part of the examination of the newborn(ENB) check since approximately  2010. In 2015, in response to a problem which arose from a baby not having an ENB check (not at this Trust), all babies now have pulse oximetry done before leaving hospital.

 

We do not routinely advise of the risks of CHD before and after the anomaly scan. We do inform all women that it is a screening test, and therefore not all anomalies are detected.

 

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