Manning Initiative Requires Modern Screening to Detect Infant Heart Defects

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COLUMBUS– State Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) today announced the Ohio Senate has concurred in House amendments to Senate Bill 4, which requires a screening known to provide earlier diagnosis and prevention for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD) in newborns. Manning jointly sponsored Senate Bill 4 with State SenatorScott Oelslager (R-North Canton).

“This is an extremely low cost, non-invasive screening that has life saving potential,”  said Manning. “By requiring this, we can detect heart defects earlier and greatly increase the chance of a full recovery.”

Senate Bill 4 requires all infants born in an Ohio hospital or birthing center to undergo a screening for CCHD prior to being discharged. This screening would prevent serious complications caused by oxygen deficiency among newborns.

The bill will now proceed to the governor for review and approval.

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Senator Gayle Manning represents the 13th Ohio Senate District, which encompasses Lorain and Huron counties. She presides as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and as Vice Chair of the Senate Workforce & Economic Development Committee. Learn more


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