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Newborn Screening Program Adds SCID Testing to Program Today

By | August 9th, 2017|Newborn Screening|

The State Public Health Lab Newborn Screening Program started testing for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) syndrome on August 9. SCID is the name for a group of inherited disorders that cause babies to be born without a working immune system, putting them at risk for getting serious infections and death. Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation [...]

Arizona State Public Health Laboratory Helping to Protect Health Statewide

By | April 27th, 2017|Preparedness|

April 23 through 29 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 Laboratory is a leader in Arizona and the United States. For [...]

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 [...]

Time to Comment on Newborn Screening Rules

By | November 21st, 2014|Licensing, Preparedness|

Last month I wrote about how we are working on revising our Newborn Screening rules because of a change in state law. The changes include requiring hearing tests on all newborns, adding critical congenital heart defects screening and adding a screening for severe combined immunodeficiency started January 2016. The last test depends on whether we [...]

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 [...]

Outstanding Success by Newborn Screening Team

By | July 24th, 2014|General|

Last month I bragged about how our newborn screening team beat the deadline I gave them to improve our system – a system that ensure blood spots taken from newborns are quickly screened for life-threatening diseases. Now that the actual deadline is past, it’s good to see the team and our licensed hospitals exceeded what [...]

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, [...]

Newborn Screening & Immunizations Law

By | May 7th, 2014|Prevention|

House Bill 2491 has been in the media and became a law with the Governor’s signature.  The new law requires us to add critical congenital heart defect (CCHD) to our newborn screening program protocol.  This new screening and reporting requirement will kick in once our rulemaking is complete- probably this Fall. The screening test we'll be [...]