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Considerations for Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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Children’s HeartLink, Minneapolis, MN 55436, USA
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National Health Mission, Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram 695 035, India
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Newborn Foundation, Minneapolis, MN 55116, USA
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Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2020, 6(2), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijns6020049
Received: 18 May 2020 / Revised: 11 June 2020 / Accepted: 11 June 2020 / Published: 14 June 2020
We propose several considerations for implementation of critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening for low- and middle-income countries to assess health system readiness for countries that may not have all the downstream capacity needed for treatment of CCHD. The recommendations include: (1) assessment of secondary and tertiary level CHD health services, (2) assessment of birth delivery center processes and staff training needs, (3) data collection on implementation and quality surgical outcomes, (4) budgetary consideration, and (5) consideration of the CCHD screening service as part of the overall patient care continuum. View Full-Text
Keywords: congenital heart disease; critical congenital heart disease; pulse oximetry; congenital heart surgery; population health congenital heart disease; critical congenital heart disease; pulse oximetry; congenital heart surgery; population health
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Zheleva, B.; Nair, S.M.; Dobrzycka, A.; Saarinen, A. Considerations for Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2020, 6, 49.

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