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Arizona State Public Health Lab Helping to Protect Health Statewide

By | April 26th, 2016|Newborn Screening, Preparedness|

April 24 through 30 is National Laboratory Professionals Week, a time for us to take a moment to thank our hard-working laboratory staff. This week we will celebrate the vital contributions laboratory professionals make to protect public health and safety. Our Public Health Lab is a leader in Arizona and the United States. In [...]

Newborn screening expands

By | September 29th, 2015|Newborn Screening|

Newborn Screening month wraps up at the end of September and has served as a time to recognize the great strides we’ve made in screening babies born in Arizona. Arizona joins 36 other states in implementing a new test for critical congenital heart defect in newborns this year. Newborns in Arizona now have access to [...]

Newborn Screening Rulemaking Moves Forward

By | March 26th, 2015|Newborn Screening, Prevention|

The Arizona Newborn Screening Program screens more than 80,000 babies for a panel of 29 disorders annually.  Although babies born with these disorders may appear to be normal at birth, with time the disorder may have a devastating or lethal effect on the infant’s health and development.  Early screening, detection, and quick treatment of these [...]

Newborn Screening Turn-Around Times

By | January 8th, 2015|Newborn Screening|

When a reporter from Wisconsin wrote a story about newborn screening turn-around times around the country in December of 2013, we found out that we had room for improvement when it comes to the time it takes newborn metabolic screening samples to get from Arizona hospitals to our Lab.  Basically, it was taking too long [...]

Newborn Screening Advisory Committee Recommendation: Add SCID

By | October 7th, 2014|Newborn Screening|

Newborn Screening consists of critical laboratory and bedside tests done on newborns to see if they have certain inherited diseases.  Early detection for these specific diseases is critical for the babies, doctors and parents, because delays in treatment can result in irreversible developmental delays, sickness and even death.  With the passage of HB 2491 last [...]

ADHS Receives March of Dimes National Award

By | September 18th, 2014|Newborn Screening|

The ADHS won the first-ever Newborn Screening Quality Award from the March of Dimes this week. We were recognized for shortening the length of time it takes bloodspot samples to get from Arizona hospitals to our State Laboratory, setting and achieving a target of receiving 95% of samples within 72 hours, and for establishing a policy [...]

Partnering to Improve a System

By | August 11th, 2014|Newborn Screening|

Thursday we celebrated our recent statewide success at reducing the time it takes newborn screening blood spot samples to get to our State Laboratory for testing.  Over the last 8 months, Arizona has improved our blood spot turn-around time to among the best in the country. Folks from dozens of hospitals came to a celebrate [...]

Newborn Screening Team Beats Deadline

By | June 13th, 2014|Newborn Screening, Preparedness|

Ben Franklin said: "Critics are our friends, they show us our faults".  A true statement.  When a reporter from Wisconsin wrote a story about newborn screening turn-around times around the country, we found out that we had room for improvement when it comes to the time it takes newborn metabolic screening samples to get from AZ hospitals to our Lab.  Basically, [...]

Improving Newborn Screening Turn-around Times

By | March 24th, 2014|Newborn Screening, Prevention|

Last December I wrote about an investigation done by a reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about newborn screening program turn-around times across the country.  When I saw where Arizona stood relative to the other states in the article, we set a new goal of making sure that our Lab gets 95% of all newborn [...]