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Office of Newborn Screening

Healthcare Providers – New Providers

Stay informed about AzEHDI and join our email list. To add yourself to this list please do the following:

  • Visit the ADHS Communications sign up page
  • Enter your email address and click "Continue"
  • Click the box next to "Newborn Screening: Early Hearing Detection and Intervention"
  • Feel free to choose additional topics you would like to receive info on from ADHS

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.