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Newborn Screening

Contact the Newborn Screening Program


Most babies arrive into the world healthy, but some have a rare health problem that is not outwardly visible.  Florida screens for 35 disorders recommended by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Recommended Uniform Screening Panel and an additional 22 secondary disorders, unless a parent objects in writing.  Before leaving the hospital, a few drops of blood are taken from the heel of the baby and the ears are also tested for hearing.  The hospital sends the blood sample to the  Bureau of Public Health Laboratories in Jacksonville which screens over 1,000 blood samples per day.  All results are sent back to the hospital and then forwarded to the baby's doctor.  Doctors can also get results for their patients from the Florida Newborn Screening Results website.   If the screening results are abnormal, the Newborn Screening Follow-up Program which is a part of Children's Medical Services will contact the parent and\or doctor about additional testing and continue follow-up until the disorder is either ruled out or confirmed.  The screening process helps find and treat conditions early which can prevent serious problems like intellectual disabilities or death.

Announcements:

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). In addition, the NBS Program began screening for Pompe Disease (POMPE) and Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I) on February 3, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the Florida Newborn Screening Program at (850) 245-4201.  Thank you for your continued support of the Florida Newborn Screening Program. View the Department of Health Announcement Letters SMA and for Pompe and MPS I.

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has multiple options to consider for supplying Newborn Screening (NBS) orders to the FDOH: 

  • The NBS Web Order system, a browser-based application.  The providers would use a web-based tool with a graphic user interface to manually enter order details which would then be transferred to FDOH after submission of the request.
  • An electronic file exchange process that utilizes a secured file transfer (sFTP) protocol that the order provider would use to deliver their NBS order requests to the FDOH’s secured site. The providers would mine the data from their own data systems, format it, and provide the information electronically to the FDOH using a comma separated file.
  • An HL7-compliant electronic data information (EDI) interchange.  The providers would mine the data from their own data systems, format it using an HL7 compliant standard, and provide the information electronically to the FDOH.

We stand ready to assist you as you begin to decide which electronic ordering solution will best suit your needs.  If you wish to receive more information regarding any of these newborn screening ordering options, please send an email with your name and contact information to NBSOrderServicesTeam@flhealth.gov or contact Elliott Bailey at (904) 791-1578. 


 
 
 
 
 

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Please remind staff of the importance of filling out the card completely. The following 6 critical fields must be completed to ensure an appropriate care plan for the baby.

INFANT NAME | DATE OF BIRTH | BIRTH TIME | BIRTH WEIGHT | COLLECTION TIME | COLLECTION WEIGHT

The Florida Genetics and Newborn Screening Advisory Council recommended to the Department of Health the following changes which will be incorporated in an updated version of the Florida Newborn Screening (NBS) Guidelines:

  1. The protein feed date/time is no longer a requirement for a valid newborn screening specimen. The requirement for infants to be at least 24 hours of age has not changed.
  2. The information on antibiotic treatment is no longer a requirement. This will be removedfrom the next printing of the specimen card. If you have older versions, you may leave thisfield blank.
  3. Specimen transit time will be measured by the average number of days that it takes for specimens to be received by the Laboratory from date of collection. The goal is for all specimens to take no more than three days from date of collection to receipt by the Newborn Screening Laboratory.

In order to achieve these goals and reduce delays in newborn screening:

• Initial NBS specimens should be collected in the appropriate time frame for the baby's condition but no later than 48 hours after birth. Florida requires that the newborn - not in the NICU - be at least 24 hours of age.

• NBS specimens should be received at the Laboratory as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours of collection.

Under Florida Law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Please contact The Newborn Screening Program at (850) 245-4201 or by emailat CMS.NBS@FLHealth.gov, if you have any further questions.

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