assembly Bill A7941

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Requires facilities to perform pulse oximetry screening on newborns

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May 22, 2012 held for consideration in health
Jan 04, 2012 referred to health
May 25, 2011 referred to health



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A7941 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง2500-k, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
A2316, S270

A7941 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Requires facilities to perform pulse oximetry screening on newborns.

A7941 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                              May 25, 2011

Introduced  by M. of A. CALHOUN -- read once and referred to the Commit-
  tee on Health

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring  facili-
  ties to perform pulse oximetry screening on newborns


  Section 1. Legislative intent.   Congenital heart defects  (CHDs)  are
structural  abnormalities  of  the heart that are present at birth; CHDs
range in severity from simple problems such as holes between chambers of
the heart, to severe malformations, such as the complete absence of  one
or  more  chambers  or  valves;  some critical CHDs can cause severe and
life-threatening symptoms which require intervention  within  the  first
days of life.
  According to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services'
Advisory  Committee  on  Heritable  Disorders  in Newborns and Children,
congenital heart disease affects approximately seven to  nine  of  every
1,000  live  births in the United States and Europe. The federal Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention states that CHD is the leading  cause
of infant death due to birth defects.
  Current  methods  for detecting CHDs generally include prenatal ultra-
sound screening  and  repeated  clinical  examinations;  while  prenatal
ultrasound  screenings  can  detect some major congenital heart defects,
these screenings, alone, identify less than half of all CHD  cases,  and
critical  CHD  cases  are  often  missed  during  routine clinical exams
performed prior to a newborn's discharge from a birthing facility.
  Pulse oximetry is a non-invasive test that estimates the percentage of
hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen. When performed  on  a
newborn  a  minimum of 24 hours after birth, pulse oximetry screening is
often more effective at detecting critical, life-threatening CHDs  which
otherwise  go  undetected  by  current  screening methods. Newborns with

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.