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J Pediatr Nurs. 2015 Jul-Aug;30(4):591-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.10.013. Epub 2014 Oct 23.

Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease: Bringing Evidence Into Practice.

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1
Northern Alberta Neonatal Intensive Care Program, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
2
Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Electronic address: Shannon.scott@ualberta.ca.

Abstract

Congenital heart disease is the most common and serious type of infant birth defect. Pulse oximetry screening has been supported in the literature as a valuable tool to aid in the prompt detection of critical defects. Pulse oximetry is easily accessible, inexpensive, and noninvasive, and can be readily performed by clinical nurses at the infant's bedside; however, it remains a technology that is underutilized in newborns. Nurses can be leaders in addressing the need to translate knowledge into practice to improve the morbidity and mortality rates in the newborn population.

KEYWORDS:

Critical congenital heart defects; Infant; Knowledge translation; Newborn; Pulse oximetry screening

PMID:
25458107
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedn.2014.10.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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