Most babies arrive into the world healthy, but some have a rare health problem that is not outwardly visible. Florida screens for 31 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:Beginning October 2014 DOH will track specimen transit time in average number of days. This value will be reflected in the last column of the Infant Profile Summary Report. The "lowest transit days" and the "highest transit days" are the actual number of days that specimens were recieved at the Newborn Screening Laboratory, after collection. The "percentage transit after three days" reflects the percentage of specimens that arrived 3 days after the date of collection.
Genetics and Newborn Screening Program Advisory Council
WHEN: TBD January\February 2016
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.
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Please contact The Newborn Screening Program at (850) 245-4201 or by email at CMS.NBS@FLHealth.gov, if you have any further questions.
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