All NM newborns to receive heart screenings

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new rule goes into effect at New Mexico hospitals that will hopefully save babies lives.

Starting Friday all babies will be screened for heart defects.

State health officials say it’s important because some of the defects may not be apparent early on, but the infants need life saving interventions quickly.

All the testing involves is an instrument to be placed on the skin to measure pulse rate and the blood oxygen levels.

The change is a result of a new law that was passed earlier this year.

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