Last week, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care officially announced that, throughout 2017, Newborn Screening Ontario will be implementing screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) in Ontario.
Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) will begin in Ontario throughout 2017. CCHD screening is a safe test performed at the bedside that can detect low oxygen levels, a common sign of these serious heart diseases. The quick and painless test is called pulse oximetry and is the first point-of-care screening test that NSO will coordinate.
We are pleased to announce that Newborn Screening Ontario now operates seven days a week to ensure babies born with potentially life-threatening disorders are diagnosed sooner. The continued involvement of NSO, birth hospitals and midwifery practices plays a big role in ensuring Ontario’s newborns get timely access to newborn screening.
Newborn screening is a test done shortly after birth to look for treatable diseases that usually show no symptoms in the newborn period. Early detection of these diseases through newborn screening prevents serious health problems and can save lives.