Pulse Oximetry Screening in Newborns

The current recommendation from the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association (CPCA), and the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) is that pulse oximetry screening should be routinely performed in all healthy newborns to enhance the detection of critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) in Canada.

RCP has worked with physicians from IWK Pediatric Cardiology and Neonatology to support the implementation of pulse oximetry screening for all healthy newborns in Nova Scotia based on the protocol outlined in the 2016 CCS/CPCA Position Statement on Pulse Oximetry Screening in Newborns to Enhance Detection of Critical Congenital Heart Disease. Results of this collaboration are available as a recorded presentation made in September 2017.

Please see the attached documents for further information and resources to support pulse oximetry screening.

Date Revised: 
August, 2017