Bill To Require Pulse Oximetry Tests For Newborn On Way To Governor Cuomo’s Desk
A bill to test newborns for potential heart defects is on its way to Governor Cuomo’s desk.
The New York State Senate has unanimously passed a bill requiring pulse oximetry tests for all newborns in the state. The bill was already passed in the Assembly.
Pulse oximetry is non-invasive, and tests the level of oxygen in a patient’s blood. The results could tip off doctors to the presence of a heart defect, permitting earlier diagnosis and treatment.