Newborn screenings save lives


Not long after babies are born, they’re screened for a number of treatable diseases. A new study is shedding light on just how important these screenings are.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infant deaths from critical congenital heart disease, or CCHD, decreased more than 33% in eight states that mandated the screenings. In addition, deaths from other cardiac causes decreased by 21%.

According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, CCHD screening nationwide could save at least 120 babies each year.

About one in every four babies born with a congenital heart defect has CCHD and will need surgery and other treatments immediately. Without screening, some of these babies appear healthy at first and are sent home before detection.

Forty-seven states and Washington D.C. have mandatory screening policies in place.