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Bill would set standard for newborn tests

There's a push to create a list of required hospital tests for newborns, and set a statewide standard.

Right now, their blood or urine is tested, but some doctors think pulse oximetery should be included. They check a baby's pulse in different areas, to screen for congenital heart defects.

Kim Goodacre is the newborn coordinator at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. She says they already do that, along with some others that are required.

A bill that the Assembly passed yesterday would create an advisory board, and members would recommend different tests to the state department of health services.

posted : February, 14th by WHBY


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