Sunday, 16 of December of 2018

South Carolina Lawmakers Consider Mandatory Screening of Newborns for Congenital Heart Defects

By Randy Appleton, Medical Malpractice Injury Lawyer

What happened:

Lawmakers in South Carolina are currently considering a bill that would require birthing facilities licensed by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control to perform a pulse oximetry screening on newborn in first two days of life. Pulse oximetry can identify infants with congenital heart defects (CHD). Without screening, some newborns with CHDs might be missed because the signs of CHD may not be evident before an infant is discharged from the hospital after birth.

The Emerson Rose Act is named after a South Carolina baby who was born with a CHD. Emerson Rose had open heart surgery at four days old, but died a little over two months later.

The screening process is painless and involves a placing a sensor on a baby’s finger or foot to measure oxygen levels. The cost of the test, according to the CDC, is only $5 to $10.

CHDs are the number one birth defect in the United States today. More than 44,000 infants (almost one out of one hundred) are born with heart defects each year. That is 1 every 15 minutes.


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The North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:   

Tragically, twenty percent of children with CHD will not survive past their first birthday. Nearly twice as many children die from congenital heart disease in the United States each year as die from all forms of childhood cancers combined. Too many CHD diagnoses are missed by medical staff. This simple test could give many of these infants the proper medical care they need to survive.

If you or a family member has suffered because of a physician’s missed diagnosis, contact a North Carolina medical practice attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for your pain and loss.  Our medical malpractice firm has successfully represented many clients who have suffered from a doctor’s failure to diagnosis.


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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.