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Masimo Continues Its Advocacy on Behalf of Newborns During Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Week
Date:2/15/2013

IRVINE, Calif., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) are the leading cause of infant deaths – affecting about 1 in 125 babies.1,2 In the U.S., one in three infants with a potentially life-threatening CHD leaves the hospital undiagnosed.3  

Early detection through pulse oximetry screening and intervention are keys to saving the lives of babies with CHDs.4 The screening determines the amount of oxygen in the blood and pulse rate. It is inexpensive, noninvasive, and fast. As part of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb. 7-14), Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) continued to advocate for pulse oximetry screening of all newborns by demonstrating proper sensor placement during the America Heart Association's "Heart on the Hill Day" in St. Paul, Minn., earlier this week. Minnesota is joining a growing number of states that are enacting or have enacted legislation that require screening newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) prior to discharge from hospitals. To date, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia have enacted such legislation, according to the Newborn Coalition.

Although screening newborns with Measure-Through Motion and Low Perfusion Masimo SET® pulse oximetry has been shown to increase CCHD detection by 34%,4 CCHD screening is not currently included in most state newborn screening panels, according to the
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