American Heart Association Pays Tribute to Lockie Family
We were proud to help the American Heart Association honor a family with a video of their journey with a son who was born with a congenital heart defect. The Lockie family joined with the AHA as an advocate and asked for legislation to require all Iowa hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry.
Pulse oximetry is a low-cost, highly-effective and painless test that looks for life-threatening heart defects that might go unseen. It can be completed in as little as 45 seconds at less than $4 per baby, according to the American Heart Association.
The AHA was able to successfully lobby for this requirement and is now in place to save infants lives across the state of Iowa.
Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 birth defect in the US and the leading killer of infants with birth defects, according to the AHA.
These defects are heart problems that are present at birth, including holes in the heart, narrowed or leaky valves and malformed or missing vessels and heart chambers.
Iowa’s new regulation requires all Iowa hospitals to use the test, screening more than 27,000 babies each year.
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