Most babies arrive into the world healthy, but some have a rare health problem even though they seem healthy. Florida screens all babies for over 36 different conditions, 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.
Download the summer edition of the Newborn Screening Program's Baby Steps Newsletter, updated on August 1, 2012.
Download the newly updated Florida Newborn Screening Guidelines, updated on May 24, 2012. To order additional copies, please complete the Guidelines Request Form and fax or mail it to the Newborn Screening Program.
Direct Secure Messaging (DSM)
To: All Users of Newborn Screening Specimen Collection Cards (DH677)
If you have any expired specimen cards, please DISCARD them.
Specimens collected on expired cards will be REJECTED.
ACCEPTABLE cards have the following lot numbers and expiration dates:
Attention to: Nita, Joan or Danielle
If you use heparin as an anticoagulant, please see this SPECIAL NOTICE.
Florida Newborn Screening's blood spot retention policy.
Genetics and Newborn Screening Program Advisory Council
WHEN: TBD January\February, 2014
Bureau of Laboratories
1217 Pearl Street
Jacksonville, FL 32231
Florida Genetics and Newborn Screening related topics.
Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), any person requiring special accommodations to attend this meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the meeting by contacting the Florida Newborn Screening Program at (850) 245-4201.
*Adjournment time is approximate, depending on completion of the advisory council business.
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 email at CMS_NBS@doh.state.fl.us, if you have any further questions.