Children's Hospital Colorado

Educational and Implementation Toolkit for the Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening Program

We are one of the largest programs in the country treating patients with heart problems from before birth through adulthood, with exceptional outcomes.

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This toolkit will provide healthcare professionals with the initial resources needed to start the critical congenital heart disease (CHD) screening in your nurseries. The toolkit includes information regarding implementation, resources for training individuals responsible for screening and resources for educating families.

In addition, all materials for the education of families are provided in both English and Spanish. Education materials are evidence-based. The toolkit also includes resources for parents, families and healthcare professionals. 

Children’s Hospital Colorado is excited to work with you to implement critical CHD screening in your newborn nursery. There is the potential to save the lives and improve outcomes of many babies.

Overview information

Education for providers about pulse oximetry and congenital heart disease (.pdf)
Supplies needed for pulse oximetry screening (.pdf)
Program references (.pdf)

How-to information

Screening protocol diagram is a visual tool for pass/fail measurements (.pdf)
Pulse Ox sensor placement directions (.pdf)
Tips for performing pulse oximetry (.pdf)

Employee education

Training log (.pdf)
Knowledge assessment (.pdf)
Competency checklist for training evaluation (.pdf)

Implementation documents

Checklist for informing parents and guardians of the screening process (.pdf)
Screening form for use by health professionals (.pdf)

Patient handouts

Frequently asked questions for parents (.pdf) Preguntas mas frecuentes (.pdf)
Resources, support and advocacy for families with critical congenital heart disease (.pdf)
Recursos sugeridos para las familias (.pdf)

Download the entire program (.pdf)