This class will focus on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of universal pulse oximetry screening of newborns for critical Congenital Heart Disease (cCHD). It provides an update on the state mandated process of screening all newborns for heart defects that can be initially missed, yet endanger the newborn when the ductus arteriosus closes. It will relate all this information with a focus on how to provide screenings in the community birth setting – be that birth centers or homebirth.
1. Understand the public health implication of cCHD screening
2. Identify the most common types of heart defects that pulse oximetry is used for
3. Review the algorithm for cCHD screening.
4. Discuss the best practices for screening accuracy
5. Implement cCHD screening in a non-hospital birthing center
This course has been approved by MEAC for 2.5 hours of continuing education. This course is a fundraiser for the Oregon Midwifery Council.