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CCHD Screening Implementation Efforts in Latin American Countries by the Ibero American Society of Neonatology (SIBEN)

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Neonatology, Ibero-American Society of Neonatology (SIBEN), Wellington, FL 33414, USA
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Dean School of Medicine, Universidad del Norte, Km. 5 Vía Puerto Colombia, Barranquilla 081007, Colombia
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Neonatology, Medicina Alta Complejidad S.A. (MACSA), Hospital Niño Jesús Carrera 75 N° 79B-50, Barranquilla 080001, Colombia
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Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital, Hermosillo 83100, Mexico
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Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2020, 6(1), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijns6010021
Received: 23 February 2020 / Revised: 7 March 2020 / Accepted: 11 March 2020 / Published: 14 March 2020
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is among the four most common causes of infant mortality in Latin America. Pulse oximetry screening (POS) is useful for early diagnosis and improved outcomes of critical CHD. Here, we describe POS implementation efforts in Latin American countries guided and/or coordinated by the Ibero American Society of Neonatology (SIBEN), as well as the unique challenges that are faced for universal implementation. SIBEN collaborates to improve the neonatal quality of care and outcomes. A few years ago, a Clinical Consensus on POS was finalized. Since then, we have participated in 12 Latin American countries to educate neonatal nurses and neonatologists on POS and to help with its implementation. The findings reveal that despite wide disparities in care that exist between and within countries, and the difficulties and challenges in implementing POS, significant progress has been made. We conclude that universal POS is not easy to implement in Latin America but, when executed, has not only been of significant value for babies with CHD, but also for many with other hypoxemic conditions. The successful and universal implementation of POS in the future is essential for reducing the mortality associated with CHD and other hypoxemic conditions and will ultimately lead to the survival of many more Latin American babies. POS saves newborns’ lives in Latin America. View Full-Text
Keywords: pulse oximetry; congenital heart disease; neonate; hypoxemia; Latin America; Ibero-American Society of Neonatology pulse oximetry; congenital heart disease; neonate; hypoxemia; Latin America; Ibero-American Society of Neonatology
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Sola, A.; Rodríguez, S.; Young, A.; Lemus Varela, L.; Villamayor, R.M.; Cardetti, M.; Pleitez Navarrete, J.; Favareto, M.V.; Lima, V.; Baquero, H.; Velandia Forero, L.; Venegas, M.E.; Davila, C.; Dominguez Dieppa, F.; Germosén, T.M.; Oviedo Barrantes, A.N.; Alvarez Castañeda, A.L.; Morgues, M.; Avila, A.; Fariña, D.; Oliva, J.L.; Sosa, E.; Golombek, S. CCHD Screening Implementation Efforts in Latin American Countries by the Ibero American Society of Neonatology (SIBEN). Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2020, 6, 21.

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