Babies at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital Celebrate One Year Anniversary of Heart Test

Published On 02/20/2014

Celebrating healthy babies at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

Photo: Kenya Glenn and her son Steven were presented with a gift basket by Diane Ridgway, COO/VP Patient Care for Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital; and Donna Abney, Executive VP of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and  this year's city-wide chair of the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women to celebrate the one year anniversary of a law that requires a simple test that can detect some of the most critical congenital heart defects in newborns.

Babies born at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital on Wear Red Day wore red beanies to celebrate the one year anniversary of a simple bedside test that can help identify up to 20 percent more babies with congenital heart defects.

Pulse oximetry became part of the standard Recommended Uniform Screening Panel for newborns that Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law and became effective January 2013.

“The test is very simple and will be an effective tool to help save lives of some of our tiniest patients,” said Diane Ridgeway, COO/VP Patient Care at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. “By placing sensors on a baby’s hand and foot at least 24 hours after birth and before they go home, we can measure the oxygen saturation in their body and determine if additional testing or treatment is necessary.”

According to the American Heart Association, congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect in the United States and the number one killer of infants with birth defects. The addition of the pulse oximetry screening to the standard Recommended Uniform Screening Panel will detect seven of the most critical congenital heart defects.

Being the first baby born at Methodist Germantown during Wear Red Day, Kenya received a gift basket filled with goodies including a CPR training kit and a baby photo shoot.