House File 9 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 9 BY WESSEL-KROESCHELL A BILL FOR An Act requiring pulse oximetry screening for newborns in a 1 birthing hospital. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1177HH (1) 85 ad/nh
H.F. 9 Section 1. Section 136A.5, Code 2013, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 2A. Beginning October 1, 2013, the 3 department shall require each birthing hospital, as defined 4 in section 135.131, to perform a pulse oximetry screening on 5 every newborn in its care prior to discharge from the birthing 6 hospital. The department shall adopt rules to implement this 7 subsection. 8 EXPLANATION 9 This bill instructs the department of public health to 10 require birthing hospitals to perform a pulse oximetry 11 screening on every newborn in the facility’s care prior to the 12 newborn’s discharge from the hospital. A birthing hospital is 13 a private or public hospital that is licensed as a hospital by 14 the department of public health and has a licensed obstetric 15 unit or is licensed to provide obstetric services. A pulse 16 oximetry screening estimates the percentage of hemoglobin 17 in the blood that is saturated with oxygen and helps detect 18 congenital heart defects. The bill directs the department of 19 public health to adopt rules to implement the bill. The bill 20 requires birthing hospitals to comply with the pulse oximetry 21 screening requirement by October 1, 2013. 22 -1- LSB 1177HH (1) 85 ad/nh 1/ 1