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Gwinnett Medical Center’s Women’s Pavilion Adds Congential Heart Defects Testing for Infants

10.18.2012

Gwinnett Medical Center’s (GMC) Women’s Pavilion recently announced the addition of pulse oximetry testing for infants. The new test, which measures the oxygen levels within the blood, helps doctors detect most of the critical congential heart defects. Such defects can go unnoticed if otherwise not tested.

“It is well known that approximately eight in 1,000 live births in Georgia have a congential heart defects,” said Shiva Sharma, MD, a pediatric cardiologist. “Of which, approximately 25 percent have a life threatening critical congenital defect These critical congenital heart defects require early detection and timely intervention to prevent severe morbidity and even mortality that is seen in these babies with delayed diagnosis.”

“The painless, simple test takes a few minutes to measure the oxygen levels,” says Dr. Sharma. The test involves the placement of a small  strip on the baby’s hand and foot. The strip is connected to a monitor, which shows the amount of oxygen in the blood. Dr. Sharma recommends testing at least 24 hours after birth. 

Since the Women’s Pavilion opened in 1991, associates have helped deliver over 100,000 babies. Through leading technology, GMC is able to meet the healthcare needs of women and children and support highly trained physicians. 

About Gwinnett Medical Center

Recognized by HealthGrades™ as America’s 100 Best Hospitals, Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth.  Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.