Wisconsin Chapter ACC

Wisconsin Shine Project

What is it?
Wisconsin SHINE Project Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) affects the lives and families of approximately 10,000 babies born in the United States every year. While many of these babies will be identified by prenatal ultrasound and newborn exam, some of these babies will appear perfectly healthy in the newborn period. To prevent serious morbidity and mortality resulting from missed or delayed diagnosis of CCHD, in 2011 the US Secretary of Health and Human Services recommended that all newborns be screened for CCHD using pulse oximetry. The Wisconsin SHINE Project (Screening Hearts in Newborns) is a pilot project through the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the State of Wisconsin designed to implement universal screening for CCHD. The goal of the SHINE project is to create a safety net for all babies born in Wisconsin by educating healthcare providers, improving access to screening and diagnostic technology, and creating a statewide CCHD screening and data collection system. Through this collaboration, the Wisconsin SHINE Project will ensure early detection of asymptomatic CCHD and improve the health and wellbeing of these babies and their families. For more information visit: http://wisconsinshine.org/

Sonographer Education Training:
The Sonographer Education portion of the SHINE website is designed to assist cardiac sonographers in performing the initial neonatal echocardiogram as part of a comprehensive evaluation for hypoxia. Sonographers performing these echocardiograms may not regularly image pediatric patients and may have limited familiarity with the differences between congenital echocardiography and adult echocardiography. The program reviews "The Terrible Ten" echo findings of critical congenital heart disease and helps the sonographer generate a differential based on those findings. The program also discusses common forms of critical congenital heart disease in more detail. For more information please visit: http://wisconsinshine.org/echo-training/