Critical Congenital Heart Disease - 2016

Welcome to the training on newborn screening for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).


The goal of this module is to educate Texas Health Steps providers and others about the need to screen all Texas newborns for critical congenital heart disease (CCHD), the screening process, and appropriate follow-up.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Indicate one evidence-based reason for conducting critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) newborn screening.
  2. Select two of seven heart defects that cause CCHD and are detected by CCHD newborn screening.
  3. Determine the CCHD screening result that is considered an immediate fail.
  4. Distinguish the diagnostic test that is recommended for excluding CCHD in a newborn.

Please note this module expires on 5/25/2017.

References to parents in this module also imply guardians or caregivers. All data presented in the module reflect the most recent year for available data.

Note: This training contains information that is particularly significant to: 1) physicians who treat newborns in birth facilities, 2) physicians in primary care and in subspecialty settings, and 3) nurses and allied health professionals who conduct the CCHD screening in birth facilities and other health-care settings. Some information is more relevant to those who conduct the screening. Testing will be on content that is tailored to both audiences.