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Study finds that pulse oximetry is a safe, accurate test that is acceptable to parents and staff as a screening test for congenital heart defects (CHDs) in newborn infants. It is likely to identify cases of critical CHDs that would otherwise go undetected and is expected to be cost-effective.

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AK Ewer, AT Furmston, LJ Middleton, JJ Deeks, JP Daniels, HM Pattison, R Powell, TE Roberts, P Barton, P Auguste, A Bhoyar, S Thangaratinam, AM Tonks, P Satodia, S Deshpande, B Kumararatne, S Sivakumar, R Mupanemunda & KS Khan.

AK Ewer 1,2,*, AT Furmston 3, LJ Middleton 3, JJ Deeks 4, JP Daniels 1,3, HM Pattison 5, R Powell 5, TE Roberts 6, P Barton 6, P Auguste 6, A Bhoyar 7, S Thangaratinam 1,2, AM Tonks 8, P Satodia 9, S Deshpande 10, B Kumararatne 11, S Sivakumar 12, R Mupanemunda 13, KS Khan 14

1 University of Birmingham, School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Birmingham, UK
2 Birmingham Women’s Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
3 University of Birmingham, Birmingham Clinical Trials Unit, Birmingham, UK
4 University of Birmingham, Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Birmingham, UK
5 Aston University, School of Life and Health Sciences, Birmingham, UK
6 University of Birmingham, Health Economics Unit, School of Health and Population Sciences, Birmingham, UK
7 Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
8 West Midlands Perinatal Institute, Birmingham, UK
9 University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK
10 The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shrewsbury, UK
11 The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Wolverhampton, UK
12 Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Birmingham, UK
13 Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham, UK
14 Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK
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