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Recommendations for the Adult Cardiac Sonographer Performing Echocardiography to Screen for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in the Newborn: From the American Society of Echocardiography

Recommendations for the Adult Cardiac Sonographer Performing Echocardiography to Screen for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in the Newborn: From the American Society of Echocardiography

Congenital malformations are the leading cause of infant mortality in developed countries, with critical congenital heart disease (C-CHD) being the major contributor to death and morbidity despite the development of specialized pediatric cardiac centers. C-CHD is defined as congenital heart disease requiring surgery or catheter intervention in the first year of life and constitutes 25% of CHD. Although CHD is the most common form of congenital malformation and occurs in 9 of every 1,000 live births,4 it is not always identified early and referred to a pediatric cardiologist. There is, therefore, a need for all cardiac sonographers, regardless of their pediatric experience, to be able to detect CHD and recognize those cases that are critical in nature
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  • Wasserman, Melissa

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  • Cassidy, Courtney
  • Fleishman, Craig E.
  • France, Rita
  • Landeck, Bruce F.
  • Parthiban, Anitha
  • Shea, Elaine