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The Children's Research Institute

Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program

Our team at Children’s National has contributed to advances in research, advocacy, education, and implementation of screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). The first publication on implementation of CCHD screening in a community hospital was written by the team and published in the Journal of Perinatology. In addition, a nursing research study to evaluate maternal knowledge and satisfaction was approved by the Children’s National and MedStar Washington Hospital Center Institutional Review Boards and nursing research councils. Our team has continued to assist hospitals in the implementation of CCHD screening on the local, national and international levels through participation in state advisory committees (New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia), providing leadership on the Health Resource Service Administration’s Technical Assistance team. We also are collaborating with the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi to implement CCHD screening in all birthing facilities in the region. We have written two continuing nursing education series for nurses and are participating in the development of a continuing medical education program focusing on quality improvement.

Faculty members of the Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program: