U.K. researchers analyzed 13 studies involving 229,421 newborns and found that pulse oximetry was able to detect 76.6% of congenital heart defects and had a false positive rate of only 0.14%. They also reported an even lower risk for a false positive result when the test was performed more than 24 hours after birth. The study was published in The Lancet.
Review: Pulse oximetry effective for detecting heart defects
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