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Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. Approximately 8 per every 1,000 babies are born with a form of CHD and about 280 outwardly healthy babies are discharged from hospitals every year with unrecognized CHD.

In the first 24 hours of life, a pulse oximetry (pulse-ox) test can quickly and painlessly determine whether a baby has critical congenital heart disease and possibly save his or her life. Screening for more serious forms of CHD is now a part of the recommended uniform screening panel and supported by the Health and Human Services , American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American Academy of Pediatrics and March of Dimes.

Children’s National Medical Center has created the Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program to help to detect critical CHD while newborns are in the nursery. It can easily be part of the standard of care at any hospital. However, not all hospitals use the pulse oximetry test, which results in hundreds of babies going home with unrecognized critical congenital heart disease, every year.

Get a hospital on-board with the Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program:

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Participating national and international hospitals

  • Adan Hospital (Kuwait)
  • Ahmadi Hospital (Kuwait)
  • Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland (Rockville, MD)
  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Berkeley, CA)
  • American College of Medical Genetics (Bethesda, MD)
  • Arnold Palmer Hospital (Orlando, FL)
  • Bread for the City Medical Clinic (Washington, DC)
  • Children's Hospital and Research Institute (Oakland, CA)
  • Culpeper Regional Hospital (Culpeper, VA)
  • CJW Medical Center (Richmond, VA)
  • Danbury Hospital (Danbury, CN)
  • Duke University Hospital (Durham, NC)
  • Durham Regional Hospital (Durham, NC)
  • Eastern Maine Medical Center (Bangor, ME)
  • Emanuel Medical Center (Turlock, CA)
  • Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (Fairbanks, AK)
  • Fauquier Hospital (Warrenton, VA)
  • George Washington University Medical Center (Washington, DC)
  • Georgetown University Hospital (Washington, DC)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (Kearney, NE)
  • Greeley Medical Center (Greeley, CO)
  • Harrison Medical Center (Silverdale, WA) 
  • Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD)
  • Howard University Hospital (Washington, DC)
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital (Alexandria, VA)
  • Laurel Regional Hospital (Laurel, MD)
  • Legacy Emanuel Medical Center (Portland, OR)
  • Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center (Portland, OR)

  • Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center (Tualatin, OR)
  • Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center (Gresham, OR)
  • Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center (Vancouver, WA)
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center (New Hyde Park, NY)
  • Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital (Tacoma, WA)
  • Mary Washington Hospital (Fredericksburg, VA)
  • Michigan Children’s Hospital
  • Monroe Carell Jr. Hospital at Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
  • Montgomery General Hospital (Olney, MD)
  • National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda, MD)
  • Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University Medical Center (Palo Alto, CA)
  • Providence Hospital (Washington, DC)
  • Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital (Washington, DC)
  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (New Hartford, NY)
  • St. Francis Health System (Tulsa, OK)
  • St. Joseph Hospital (Anheim, CA)
  • St. Luke’s Hospital (Boise, ID)
  • Stafford Hospital (Stafford, VA)
  • Southern Maryland Hospital (Clinton, MD)
  • Suburban Hospital Health Care System (Bethesda, MD)
  • Texas Health (Fort Worth, TX)
  • The Heart Institute (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AK)
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital (Little Rock, AK)
  • Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (Rockville, Maryland)
  • Washington Adventist Hospital (Takoma Park, Maryland)
  • Washington Hospital Center (Washington, DC)

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    Learn more about pulse-ox, including a testimony from the mother whose daughter lost her life to an undetected critical CHD.


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