|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jun 20, 2012||referred to health|
delivered to assembly
ordered to third reading cal.1381
committee discharged and committed to rules
|Mar 14, 2012||referred to health|
senate Bill S6726
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S6726 (ACTIVE) - Details
S6726 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S6726 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring facilities to perform pulse oximetry screening on newborns PURPOSE: Requires facilities to perform pulse oximetry screening on newborns. JUSTIFICATION: This bill requires each birthing facility in the state of New York be required to perform a pulse oximetry screening for congenital birth defects (CHDs), a minimum of 24 hours after birth, on every newborn in its care. For newborns, pulse oximetry screening involves taping a small sensor to a newborn's foot while the sensor beams red light through the foot to measure how much oxygen is in the blood, Pulse oximetry screening is effective at detecting CHDs that may otherwise go undetected by current screening methods. Pulse oximetry screenings are noninvasive, painless, and take approximately one minute to perform. 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
S6726 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 6726 I N S E N A T E March 14, 2012 ___________ Introduced by Sen. LARKIN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring facili- ties to perform pulse oximetry screening on newborns THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: 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 abnormal pulse oximetry results require immediate confirmatory testing and intervention. The legislature finds and declares that many newborn lives could potentially be saved by earlier detection and treatment of CHDs if EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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