Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD)

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Online Learning Module

Welcome to the Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease online learning module. This course will provide on overview of CCHD and discuss the importance of screening all newborns with pulse oximetry. This online learning module is designed to be used by all health care providers involved with screening newborns for CCHD, including doctors, nurses, midwives and all other health care professionals. This course is divided into 7 sections. While many will choose to go through these sections in consecutive order, the sections can also be viewed in any order you choose. It is also possible to just look at one section only, if you are looking back for reference or review.

(The pretest, post-test and Video Modules are provided from the Wisconsin SHINE project and is benefical for any provider screening for critical congenital heart defects.)

Before getting started, please take the time to complete the pretest. When you are done with all the modules, please complete the post-test.

Video Modules (Click to expand)


Introduction to the online learning module.

What is CCHD?

Review of the basic anatomy and physiology of CCHD.

Who is Affected by CCHD?

Epidemiology of CCHD and what it means for babies born with CCHD. Prevelance rates for CCHD in the US and Wisonsin are provided in this video tutorial. Utah prevelance rates for CHD (conjenital heart defects) can be found at Utah's Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health - Indicator Reports - Birth Defects: Congenital Heart Defects.

How is CCHD Diagnosed?

Review of current strategies for diagnosing CCHD in newborns.

Pulse Ox and CCHD

Overview of the role of pulse oximetry in diagnosing CCHD.

Screening for CCHD

Describes how pulse oximetry can be used to screen newborns for CCHD.

What to do with a Failed Screen

Outlines appropriate actions and next steps when a baby fails CCHD screening.

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