As Passed by the House

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
Sub. S. B. No. 4

Senators Manning, Oelslager 

Cosponsors: Senators Obhof, Jones, Hite, Patton, Lehner, Beagle, Uecker, LaRose, Gardner, Eklund, Bacon, Widener, Faber, Cafaro, Tavares, Brown, Balderson, Coley, Hughes, Kearney, Peterson, Sawyer, Schiavoni, Turner 

Representatives Antonio, Bishoff, Brown, Hagan, R., Schuring, Anielski, Ashford, Barborak, Barnes, Beck, Blessing, Boose, Buchy, Budish, Burkley, Butler, Celebrezze, Cera, Damschroder, Driehaus, Duffey, Fedor, Gerberry, Gonzales, Green, Grossman, Hackett, Hagan, C., Heard, Hill, Hottinger, Johnson, Letson, Lundy, Mallory, McClain, Milkovich, Patterson, Pelanda, Ramos, Redfern, Reece, Rogers, Rosenberger, Ruhl, Slaby, Smith, Sprague, Stebelton, Stinziano, Thompson, Wachtmann, Winburn Speaker Batchelder 

To enact section 3701.5010 of the Revised Code to 1
require a critical congenital heart defects 2
screening for each newborn born in a hospital or 3
freestanding birthing center. 4


       Section 1.  That section 3701.5010 of the Revised Code be 5
enacted to read as follows:6

       Sec. 3701.5010.  (A) As used in this section:7

       (1) "Critical congenital heart defects screening" means the 8
identification of a newborn that may have a critical congenital 9
heart defect, through the use of a physiologic test.10

       (2) "Freestanding birthing center" has the same meaning as in 11
section 3702.141 of the Revised Code.12

       (3) "Hospital," "maternity unit," "newborn," and "physician" 13
have the same meanings as in section 3701.503 of the Revised Code.14

       (4) "Pulse oximetry" means a noninvasive test that estimates 15
the percentage of hemoglobin in blood that is saturated with 16

       (B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, each 18
hospital and each freestanding birthing center shall conduct a 19
critical congenital heart defects screening on each newborn born 20
in the hospital or center, unless the newborn is being transferred 21
to another hospital. The screening shall be performed before 22
discharge. If the newborn is transferred to another hospital, that 23
hospital shall conduct the screening when determined to be 24
medically appropriate. The hospital or center shall promptly 25
notify the newborn's parent, guardian, or custodian and attending 26
physician of the screening results.27

       (C) A hospital or freestanding birthing center shall not 28
conduct a critical congenital heart defects screening if the 29
newborn's parent objects on the grounds that the screening 30
conflicts with the parent's religious tenets and practices.31

       (D)(1) The director of health shall adopt rules in accordance 32
with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing standards and 33
procedures for the screening required by this section, including 34
all of the following:35

       (a) Designating the person or persons responsible for causing 36
the screening to be performed;37

       (b) Specifying screening equipment and methods;38

       (c) Identifying when the screening should be performed;39

       (d) Providing notice of the required screening to the 40
newborn's parent, guardian, or custodian;41

       (e) Communicating screening results to the newborn's parent, 42
guardian, or custodian and attending physician; 43

       (f) Reporting screening results to the department of health;44

       (g) Referring newborns that receive abnormal screening 45
results to providers of follow-up services.46

       (2) In adopting rules under division (D)(1)(b) of this 47
section, the director shall specify screening equipment and 48
methods that include the use of pulse oximetry or other screening 49
equipment and methods that detect critical congenital heart 50
defects at least as accurately as pulse oximetry. The screening 51
equipment and methods specified shall be consistent with 52
recommendations issued by nationally recognized organizations that 53
advocate on behalf of medical professionals or individuals with 54
cardiovascular conditions.55