Office of Newborn Screening
Arizona has joined 36 other states in implementing Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD) screening for newborns. Babies born in our state now have access to non-invasive pulse oximetry screening, a point of care test done at about 24 hours of life, before discharge from the hospital or birth setting. Read our CCHD Implementation Timeline and a statement from the Assistant Bureau Chief Ward Jacox.
The Office of Newborn Screening, a division of Public Health Preparedness within the Department of Health Services is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that the testing for congenital disorders, critical congenital heart defects, and hearing loss are conducted in an effective and efficient manner. The program provides education to the general public, the medical community, parents and professional groups. The state laboratory is currently the only testing facility for the program. Learn more by reading House Bill 2491.