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Newborn Health Screening

Pulse Oximetry Testing

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The new test screens newborns for heart defects.

Indiana hospitals will be adding a new heart defect test for newborns starting in January. But what other testing do newborns go through at the hospital? Our guests will discuss the newly passed law that mandates heart screening for newborns and some of the other issues that doctors, parents and newborn face right after a baby’s birth.

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Richard Malone, M.D.- pediatrician with Southern Indiana Pediatrics, a part of IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians

Georg’ann Cattelona- executive director for Bloomington Area Birth Services

Kristine McCormick- mother of Cora who died at  five days old of congenital heart disease. McCormick petitioned the state to pass the law that mandates heart screening of newborns.

Stephen Downs, M.D.- Indiana University School of Medicine associate professor of pediatrics and a Regenstrief Institute affiliated scientist


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