Pulse Oximetry Screening for 
Critical Congenital Heart Disease (cCHD)

Pulse Oximetry Screening for 
Critical Congenital Heart Disease (cCHD) in the Community Birth Setting

a fundraiser for the Oregon Midwifery Council | taught by Pat Scheans DNP, NNP-BC
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Continuing Education for Midwives: Course Description

This class will focus on the who, what, when, where, why, and how of universal pulse oximetry screening of newborns for critical Congenital Heart Disease (cCHD). It provides an update on the state mandated process of screening all newborns for heart defects that can be initially missed, yet endanger the newborn when the ductus arteriosus closes. It will relate all this information with a focus on how to provide screenings in the community birth setting - be that birth centers or homebirth.


Learning Objectives

1. Understand the public health implication of cCHD screening

2. Identify the most common types of heart defects that pulse oximetry is used for

3. Review the algorithm for cCHD screening.

4. Discuss the best practices for screening accuracy

5. Implement cCHD screening in a non-hospital birthing center


This course has been approved by MEAC for 2.5 hours of continuing education.

This class has been approved by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM) for 2.5 hours of continuing education, all of which may be counted towards general or OB credit. (It is our understanding that this will count as CE for NDs in all states except for California, but we advise you to verify that understanding is accurate in your state prior to purchase.)

A fundraiser for the Oregon Midwifery Council. 

Pat Scheans DNP, NNP-BC
Pat Scheans DNP, NNP-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Pat has enjoyed over thirty years of caring for newborns and their families. She received her BSN from the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center, her NNP certification from South Dakota State University, and her Masters of Nursing with an Education Specialty and DNP from Walden University. Her current job entails providing clinical support for the 8000+ newborns of Legacy Health in the Portland Oregon area, including the Tele-Baby Program for remote leadership of neonatal resuscitation. Away from work, Pat enjoys opportunities to teach newborn care to health care staff abroad, most recently training NRP instructors and STABLE Program instructors in Vietnam.