TITLE

Can screening cut cot deaths?

AUTHOR(S)
Graham-Rowe, Duncan
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
New Scientist;11/13/2004, Vol. 184 Issue 2473, p6
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports that Italy is considering screening all newborn babies for heart abnormalities after the initial results of a pilot study suggested this could prevent up to 30 deaths in infancy and childhood in the country each year. The aim of the pilot study is to screen 50,000 newborns. Based on the 21,000 screened so far, and on an ongoing genetic study, the team calculates that between 10 and 15 per cent of all cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are due to fatal heart rhythms, meaning identifying and treating these babies might prevent more than a tenth of the 300 SIDS cases per year in Italy. In the pilot study, electrocardiograms are being recorded for all babies attending 16 clinics. Obtaining an ECG is a simple, cheap procedure in which 12 electrodes are placed on the chest. The ECGs are digitised and sent to a central lab for analysis.
ACCESSION #
15171108

 

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