Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD)
Screening Project

Monday thru Friday - 8 am to 5 pm


  • CCHD

    Critical Congenital Heart Disease affects thousands of families in the US every year. Early detection can lead to better outcomes and healthier, happier families.

  • Screening

    Pulse Oximetry Screening establishes a statewide universal screening for critical congenital heart disease in newborns using pulse oximetry.

  • Education

    Provider Education provides technical assistance and education about newborn pulse oximetry screening for those caring for newborns.

  • Birth Centers

    Birthing Center or Home Birth Provider assures that all babies born in Utah will have access to newborn pulse oximetry screening.

  • ECHO Training

    ECHO Training increases access to screening technologies including pulse oximetry and echocardiography for all babies born in Utah.

Utah CCHD Screening Project

Pulse Oximetry Requirements in Utah - October 2014

Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) by pulse oximetry (POX) became mandatory for all Utah newborns October 1, 2014. This means that every infant born in a hospital is required to have CCHD screening prior to discharge. Babies born out of hospital are also required to be screened.

Press Release October 2014

Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) affects the lives and families of approximately 10,000 babies born in the United States every year. While many of these babies will be identified by prenatal ultrasound and newborn exam, some of these babies will appear perfectly healthy in the newborn period. To prevent serious morbidity and mortality resulting from missed or delayed diagnosis of CCHD, in 2011 the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services recommended that all newborns be screened for CCHD using pulse oximetry.

The goal of the Utah CCHD Screening Project is to create a safety net for all babies born in Utah by educating health care providers, improving the screening process and diagnostic technology, and creating a statewide CCHD screening and data collection system. Through this screening, the Utah CCHD Screening Project will ensure early detection of asymptomatic CCHD and improve the health and wellbeing of these babies and their families.

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Utah CCHD Screening

1 (866) 818-7096

Monday thru Friday - 8 am to 5 pm

Why Contact Utah CCHD Screening Project?

  • General questions about pulse oximetry screening process or procedure
  • To discuss training opportunities
  • Educational Tools

If you have an urgent question regarding a specific screen, please contact the baby's Primary Care Provider or University of Utah Pediatric Cardiology at (801) 583-4327

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number H46MC24061 with a title of Genetic Services Project for the amount of $300,000, Utah Department of Health: 25% and 75% pass through to University of Utah. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, or the U.S. Government.