ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will be at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis Tuesday to bring Missouri in line with other states that require a life-saving procedure for infants.
Doctors do it anyway, but Missouri would require the Pulse Oximetry Test on infants before they leave a hospital.
It’s the common non-invasive test that monitors oxygen in the blood, usually done on the fingertip of an adult but the foot of an infant.
And it is a life saver, resulting in the early detection of congenital heart defects.
In Missouri it’s called Chloe’s Law after an infant born in the Kansas City area whose mother noticed irregular breathing and insisted doctors do the test on Chloe.
Chloe was found to have heart problems and it saved her life. After that, her mother went on a campaign to have legislators make the test mandatory.