NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A new
test for newborns officially goes into effect across New York on Monday.
The Pulse Ox test, a
simple and non-invasive test that measures the level of oxygen in the blood
stream, will be given to every newborn before discharge from the hospital.
A low level can be an
indication of a congenital heart defect -- the most common kind of birth
defect. Nearly 1 in 100 infants born each year have it.
The legislation was introduced and passed in
2013. This screening is estimated to help identify more than 90 percent of such