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  • 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 & Midwives Education assures that all babies born in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

Wisconsin SHINE Project

Pulse Oximetry Requirements in Wisconsin - July 2014

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has added, by emergency rule, screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) by pulse oximetry (POX) to the Wisconsin Newborn Screening Program’s panel of conditions. This rule went into effect on Thursday, July 3, 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.

Letter to health care providers about this change

In some circumstances, it will not be necessary or appropriate to perform pulse oximetry screening for CCHD. In order to better understand and monitor these situations, there is now a mechanism to document why screening why the screening was not performed.

Letter to health care providers about reporting infants who are not screened with pulse oximetry

SHINE Not Screened Data Form


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 US Secretary of Health and Human Services recommended that all newborns be screened for CCHD using pulse oximetry.

The Wisconsin SHINE Project (Screening Hearts in Newborns) is a pilot project through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin designed to implement universal screening for CCHD. The goal of the SHINE project is to create a safety net for all babies born in Wisconsin by educating healthcare providers, improving access to screening and diagnostic technology, and creating a statewide CCHD screening and data collection system. Through this collaboration, the Wisconsin SHINE Project will ensure early detection of asymptomatic CCHD and improve the health and wellbeing of these babies and their families.

Wisconsin SHINE
Project Hotline

1 (608) 262-2122

Why Contact Wisconsin SHINE?

  • Report a failed screen
  • Report screening results in a baby with known or suspected CCHD
  • Pulse oximetry screening done but infant has no newborn screening blood card
  • CCHD diagnosed after discharge home from birth hospitalization
  • Questions about pulse oximetry screening process or procedure