Tips to Improve Newborn Screening

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) rejected more than 2,000 newborn screening specimens in the past year because the blood was not allowed to properly soak through the filter paper. All of them required a redraw, which delayed testing.

As a result, DSHS offers recommendations to improve screening [PDF], such as using the proper size lancet and allowing a large blood drop to form. The agency also offers videos, guides, presentations, and other training resources on specimen collection.

DSHS has a new order form [PDF] for screening supplies. It also posted its newborn screening schedule  [PDF] for the holidays.

For additional information, call (888) 963-7111, ext. 7333.

Action, Nov. 15, 2011