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 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, [...]

Midwife Practice Collaborative

By | March 4th, 2014|Licensing, Newborn Screening|

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|Newborn Screening, Prevention|

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 [...]

Newborn Screening Rulemaking

By | November 16th, 2013|General, Newborn Screening|

Our Newborn Screening Program ensures that each newborn is tested for 28 inherited disorders and hearing problems.   The goal is to help kids avoid illness, developmental delays and even death by quickly identifying problems and swiftly letting their doctors know so they can implement interventions.  On any given day our newborn screening team tests from [...]

50 Years of Newborn Screening

By | September 29th, 2013|General, Newborn Screening, Preparedness|

The first newborn screening test was developed in 1963 by Dr. Robert Guthrie to test for phenylketonuria, commonly known as PKU. Since then, scientists have developed more tests to screen newborns for a variety of severe conditions.  This year, the nation celebrates 50 Years of Newborn Screening. The State of Arizona currently screens for 29 [...]

Hearing and Vision Screening

By | February 19th, 2013|General, Newborn Screening|

According to the CDC about 15% of school age kids have some hearing loss.  Children who are hard of hearing will find it harder to learn vocabulary, grammar, word order, and other parts of verbal communication.  Newborn hearing loss occurs in about 1 in 5,000 births- which is why it’s so important that AZ kids [...]

50 Years of Newborn Screening

By | January 29th, 2013|General, Newborn Screening, Prevention|

Last year we welcomed about 87,000 newborns to Arizona.  Our Newborn Screening Program (in our State Lab) ensures that each are tested for 28 inherited disorders and hearing problems.   The goal is to help kids avoid illness, developmental delays and even death.  Teamwork, communication and coordination are critical in making this program effective.  A quick [...]