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Children's National Expands CCHD Parent Education

  • The Heart Smart video series developed by Children’s National Medical Center (Children’s National) in partnership with Baby's First Test is changing the educational landscape of critical congenital heart disease (CCHD). As a 2012 and 2013 Baby’s First Test Challenge Award recipient, Children’s National with support from Baby's First Test created the Heart Smart video series to educate healthcare providers, families, and advocates about screening for CCHD using pulse oximetry.  These videos have received positive responses within the newborn screening system on both domestic and international platforms.

    With a strong mission to create innovative solutions to pediatric health challenges and improve health outcomes for children across different populations, Children’s National did not stop there. Children’s National knew that gaps in knowledge about CCHD screening existed among large populations of patients, families, and advocates for multiple reasons, but partially because of language barriers and issues of access to the videos. To close this gap, Children’s National translated the Heart Smart parent video into five languages: Arabic, Spanish, Russian, French, and simple Chinese. “We are happy to provide resources that may be utilized internationally to increase awareness and improve education surrounding CCHD screening,” said Elizabeth Bradshaw Mikula, MSN, RN, CPN, Clinical Program Manager for Cardiac Research. The original and translated versions of the Heart Smart parent video are available on YouTube and in CD format for those without access to video-streaming sites.

    Baby’s First Test is proud to partner, work with, and support Children’s National’s effort to increase parent education on CCHD, and excited to see how the Heart Smart video initiative will grow in the future. To learn more about the Heart Smart initiative, visit our press room and view the translated videos, visit the CCHD page on the or the Baby’s First Test YouTube page.

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