Key Findings: Study Finds Infant Cardiac Deaths Have Declined in States that Mandate Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease
About Congenital Heart Disease and this Study
Main Findings from this Study
- A 33% decline in infant deaths from CCHD and a 21% decline in infant deaths from other or unspecified cardiac causes were observed in eight states with mandated and implemented screening policies compared to states without mandated screening policies.
- Adoption of other screening policies (voluntary policies or mandatory policies not yet implemented) was not associated with reductions in infant deaths.
- Mandatory screening policies applied nationwide are projected to save about 120 babies each year.