Pulse oximetry pilot under way

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The newborn pulse oximetry screening pilot has begun

The aims of the pilot are to:

• understand the impact of implementing newborn pulse oximetry screening on NHS services

• find out if it is feasible to roll out pulse oximetry nationally as an addition to the existing newborn and infant physical examination tests within 72 hours of birth

The pulse oximetry test screens for congenital heart disease by measuring oxygen levels in the blood.

Experts working with the pilot team include Professor Andy Ewer and Dr Matt Cawsey, who are based at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. During March and April the team completed stakeholder site visits to all 15 of the participating trusts.

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