Sponsored by Soldotna Senator Peter Micciche, Senate Bill 87 has passed the Senate today, and would require larger hospitals to test newborns with pulse oximetry beginning in January 2014, if it’s passed by the House.
Sen. Micciche was pleased with the passage and explained his inspiration for the bill was: “My beautiful niece, who we call Nisi.”
Nisi was born in Japan last November, with congenital heart disease. Sen. Micciche said it was “fortunate [she was] born in a country where hospitals have adopted the standard practice of testing to detect heart defects in newborns. Were it not for the testing and the subsequent early treatment she received, I could be telling you an entirely different story today.”