Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 3, 2013

Officials: All Michigan newborns to get heart test

Associated Press

---- — LANSING — All newborns in Michigan will be screened for critical congenital heart disease starting next year, health officials announced Wednesday.

Pulse oximetry screening will be used statewide starting in April, the Michigan Department of Community Health said. Every Michigan newborn currently is screened for 54 different disorders through bloodspots sent to the state health department.

“This simple non-invasive screening can save lives, giving Michigan’s newborns a chance at a healthy start, which is what every baby deserves,” Dr. Matthew Davis, chief medical executive with state Department of Community Health, said in a statement.

About 300 babies nationwide are sent home from hospitals each year with undetected congenital heart problems, Davis said. Failure to detect such problems puts babies at risk of death or other serious complications within the first few days or weeks of life.