Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program
A congenital heart defect is the most common type of birth defect,but only some of these are "critical". The word Congenital means present at birth. The baby’s heart forms in the early stages of pregnancy. Heart abnormalities or incomplete development of the heart may occur which make it unable to properlypump blood. Critical defects are ones that can cause serious illness and even death if not detected in thefirst few weeks of life.
Your baby should be screened at birth to detect Critical Congenital Heart Disease(CCHD).This can be done through a painless screening testknown as Pulse Oximetry Screening.
To learn more about CCHD and Pulse Oximetry Screening please visit our Parent Corner and Provider Corner sections below.
The seven CCHD defects targeted by screening are: (Click on the links below to view and download information)
Screening may not detect these defects 100% of the time and it may also pick up other heart defects or illnesses in the infant.
The State of Maryland is dedicated to ensure that serious heart defects are diagnosed early. In 2011,legislation was passed and asa result, begining September 1, 2012 all hospitals and birthing centers will screen all babies within 24-48 hours for Critical Congenital Heart Disease.The CCHD screening results are reported electronically to the State of Maryland for surveillance and quality assurance monitoring.
For additional Information on Maryland Legislation please Click Here
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Contact our office at (410) 767-6625 or 1-800-638-8864