Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening
Approximately 1 in 100 infants is born with some type of congenital heart disease (CHD). Some forms of CHD cause little or no problems, but other forms referred to as critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) present a significant risk of morbidity or mortality if not diagnosed soon after birth. To identify those infants at risk, all infants should be screened using pulse oximetry prior to discharge from the nursery. This module offers evidence-based content for healthcare providers on the identification and implications of CCHD, assistance in establishing a screening program and resources for helping parents understand the testing process and results.
Complimentary thanks to support from the Virginia Department of Health.
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Describe 2 congenital cardiac defects that produce a failing result on pulse oximetry screening
- Explain screening eligibility guidelines for Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening
- Identify safe and correct methods for performing pulse oximetry on an infant
- Describe critical pulse oximetry screening results.
- Describe available resources for helping parents understand the reason for screening and where to receive help when a test result is positive.
The University of Virginia School of Medicine and/or The University of Virginia School of Nursing Continuing Education, as accredited provider(s), designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM and awards 1.0 hours of participation (consistent with the designated number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM or ANCC contact hours) to participants who successfully complete this educational activity. (Expires: March 16, 2023)
MOC Part II (ABMS) is awarded up to 1 Self-Assessment Credits (transcript awards both MOC and AMA) per learning activity within. Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) joint initiative to create a wide array of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Activities. Newborn Screening Critical Congenital Heart Disease has met the MOC requirements as a MOC Part II CME activity by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Learning Method and Medium:
Learners participate in the interactive learning modules by correctly answering multiple choice questions dispersed throughout. Learners will be prompted to try again if a question is answered incorrectly. The course will open in a new tab – to exit the course, simply close that tab.
This publication and website is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $12,287,553. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.
Purchase grants one learner one year’s access to lessons and quizzes (access expires 365 days from date of course activation.)
Estimated time to complete: 1 hour
Credit/contact hours: 1 hour
Expiration Date: March 16, 2023
Certificate of Completion
Accessible for 1 Year