Are you pregnant? I just wanted to let all Mothers know that if you have a new baby, it is so important to have the Hospital do a Pulse Ox test on them before you leave the hospital. A Pulse ox is a simple test that could be done at the hospital and could potentially save a life. My Daughter was born with a Congenital Heart Defect and if they would have done a pulse ox on her, they may have caught it if they would have done a pulse ox before we left the hospital. However, they did not. At four years old she had to have Emergency Open Heart Sugery and it was the scariest thing that I have ever been though. Please, Please just ask the staff to do a pulse ox on your Baby beofr eyou leave the hospital. Too many Dr's will tell you that they hear a murmur but that the baby will outgrow it. Low Oxygen leves could prove that is not so. I hope you will take my advice and do this, to protect your child.
Answer by Erin814 at 5:44 PM on Aug. 18, 2010
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:42 PM on Aug. 18, 2010
I am an Nicu nurse (30 years) and have never heard of routine PO checks, prior to d/c on kids in the well nursery. In our facility, any pt with a murmur would be referred and assessed by the neonatology group, and many end up being transferred to our unit. However, not all CH conditions present with oxygenation issues-many are ductal dependent, so a PO would tell you very little in terms of cardiac conditon, as long as that ductal communication were present . Lastly, in many infants a PDA (necessary communication needed for ductal dependent conditions) does not fully close for many, many days, so again the PO would not be able to p/u a problem with these kids either. A piece of hardware will never tell you what looking/listening with trained eyes and ears will. The only way to truly r/o CHD is with an ECHO, EKG and in some cases, a trip to the Cath Lab.
Answer by Sisteract at 5:53 PM on Aug. 18, 2010
Unless something has changed in the last year, research doesn't support routine pulse ox tests. In 2009 the American Heart Ass and the APA didn't recommend the test. The test only has a predictive value of 47%. The OP need not feel bad that her daughter didn't have the test as a newborn.
Answer by Gailll at 5:54 PM on Aug. 18, 2010
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