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Newborn Screening: Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening for Newborns

Wisconsin’s Newborn Screening program includes screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). This test sees if a newborn has a harmful heart defect. During the screening, a sensor (called a pulse oximeter) is placed near the foot or hand. It checks how much oxygen is in the blood.

The CCHD screening was added to the panel of screened conditions on July 3, 2014. See Emergency Rule Issued to Add CCHD to Newborn Screening. (PDF)

Wisconsin SHINE—Screening Hearts In Newborns

Learn more about CCHD and newborn screening from the Wisconsin SHINE Project. It has resources for families, hospitals, and other professionals.

Providers can find:

  • Recommended screening protocols.
  • How to choose equipment.
  • Data reporting.
  • Information to support doing CCHD screenings.
Last revised March 27, 2023