Newborn Screening

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Find the right information to provide the best start for your baby’s health; stay current on disorder information, screenings, and other resources; get advice and recommendations about newborn screening tests; and obtain the latest data, stats, and reports for newborn screening.

Newborn screening expands

By |September 29th, 2015|

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|

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|

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 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|

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|

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|

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|

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 [...]

Midwife Practice Collaborative

By |March 4th, 2014|

Our Licensing team promotes and protects public health and safety by addressing quality of care issues.  Last week we hosted a forum for our licensed midwives to learn more about our programs and resources to bring them up to speed on our newest initiatives related to maternal and child health so they'll have the latest tools [...]

Newborn Screening Turn-Around Times

By |December 13th, 2013|

An investigative article published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel a couple of weeks ago has triggered a state by state assessment of newborn screening programs across the country.  Arizona is no exception.   Our newborn screening and maternal and child health teams have been reviewing our procedures and looking for ways to improve Arizona’s performance.  For example, several Arizona [...]