SECTION 1. Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 official edition, is hereby amended by inserting, after section 67H the following new section:-
Section 67I. For the purposes of this section, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
"birthing facility" means an inpatient or ambulatory health care facility licensed by the Department of Public Health that provides birthing and newborn care services.
“pulse oximetry screening” means a non-invasive test that estimates the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with oxygen
Each hospital and birthing center which provides newborn infant care shall submit to the department for its approval a protocol for newborn pulse oximetry screening to be performed on every newborn in its care prior to discharge.
The Department of Public Health shall promulgate regulations to implement the newborn pulse oximetry screening program.
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