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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 505         FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1971

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Denise C. Garlick

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act regulating newborn pulse oximetry screening for congenital heart defects.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Denise C. Garlick

13th Norfolk

Gailanne M. Cariddi

1st Berkshire

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Danielle W. Gregoire

4th Middlesex

Paul Brodeur

32nd Middlesex

Michael F. Rush

Norfolk and Suffolk

Nick Collins

4th Suffolk

Martin J. Walsh

13th Suffolk

John J. Lawn, Jr.

10th Middlesex

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Richard J. Ross

Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex

Thomas M. Stanley

9th Middlesex

Colleen M. Garry

36th Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Chris Walsh

6th Middlesex

Louis L. Kafka

8th Norfolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

Marjorie C. Decker

25th Middlesex

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex

Paul R. Heroux

2nd Bristol

Patricia A. Haddad

5th Bristol

Carlos Henriquez

5th Suffolk

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Sean Garballey

23rd Middlesex

Denise Provost

27th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 505        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1971

By Ms. Garlick of Needham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1971) of Denise C. Garlick and others for legislation to further regulate newborn pulse oximetry screening for congenital heart defects.  Public Health. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act regulating newborn pulse oximetry screening for congenital heart defects.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 17I, the following section:-

              Section 17J

              Section 1.Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 17J, the following section:-

              Be it enacted that birthing facilities shall be required to perform pulse oximetry screening. The Department of Public Health shall require each birthing facility to perform a pulse oximetry screening on every newborn in its care prior to discharge from the birthing facility.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 111 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting in the following language in section 67F,:-

              Section 67F "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; when performed on a newborns in delivery centers is effective at detecting critical, life-threatening congenital heart defects which otherwise go undetected by current screening methods

              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.

              The Department of Public Health shall promulgate regulations to implement the newborn pulse oximetry screening program.

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