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Neonatal pulse oximetry screening: a national survey
  1. Sok-Leng Kang1,
  2. Suzanne Tobin2,
  3. Wilf Kelsall3
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, Basildon Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, Essex, UK
  2. 2Cambridge University School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge, UK
  3. 3Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Wilf Kelsall, NICU, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge University Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; wilf.kelsall{at}

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The newborn examination is a universally accepted method to screen for congenital heart disease (CHD); however, failure of detection has been estimated to be in excess of 25%.1 Antenatally, only 23.4% of CHD is diagnosed by obstetric ultrasound screening with variable diagnostic rates nationally.2 Recent studies have reported improved detection rates with the use of pulse oximetry (PO) and demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of such screening.3 4 We surveyed the practice of PO as a part of routine neonatal examination in hospitals …

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