Office of Newborn Screening
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The success of the Newborn Screening program depends on the coordinated efforts of many health professionals. Medical Home and/or other Healthcare Professionals are generally responsible for: ordering the screening tests for newborn infants in their care, informing parents about the screening tests, and collection and handling of newborn screening specimens. Practitioners, and/or their contracted laboratories, may collect and send specimens for testing. Practitioners, hospitals and laboratories work together to coordinate timely collection and rapid delivery of acceptable newborn screening specimens to the Arizona Public Health Laboratory (State Lab).
The Office of Newborn Screening, located within the Bureau of State Laboratory Services, provides screening and follow-up for 28 disorders as well as follow-up on hearing screening results reported to the program.
Bloodspot cards are tested at the Arizona State Laboratory and results are reported to submitters. In order to receive result mailers you will need to obtain a submitter or provider code. Please call the Demographics Unit at (602) 364-1468 and provide the following information:
- Provider name and type (MD, DO, PA, midwife, etc.)
- Practice or facility name (if applicable)
- Mailing address
- Phone and fax numbers
When this contact information changes, please call the Program to update your entry in the database. Accurate contact information for providers and parents is vital to timely follow-up of abnormal results.
The Follow-up section of the program notifies providers, parents and specialists, if needed, to ensure that babies are retested promptly and treated if a diagnosis of a disorder is confirmed.
Some of the disorders on our screening panel can cause severe damage or death within the first week of life. We recommend that the first screen be obtained at 24-36 hours of age and the second specimen at the first outpatient visit to a healthcare provider or between 5 - 10 days of age, whichever comes first.
Specimens should be sent to the State lab as soon as they are dry (but no longer than 24 hours after collection). This will allow timely testing and reporting of abnormal results.
The standard of care is for every baby to be screened for hearing loss. Hospital screenings should be recorded on the back of the baby's immunization card. Please refer your patients to one of the sites that do hearing screening for any needed rescreening.
If you have questions, please contact us.
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