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Newborn Screening Notices

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Thanksgiving Holiday Closures: Newborn Screening

The Texas DSHS Laboratory in Austin will be closed:

11/23/2017 - Thursday
11/24/2017 – Friday 

Testing Notices:

  • NBS specimens received and accessioned on Wednesday, 11/22/2017 will be tested immediately by the NBS laboratory.
  • Healthcare providers may be notified of critical level preliminary presumptive positive results on Thursday, 11/23/2017 (Thanksgiving Day).
  • NBS testing will resume on Saturday, 11/25/2017.
  • Healthcare providers may be notified of critical level preliminary presumptive positive results on Sunday, 11/26/2017.

Healthcare Provider Reminders:

  • DO NOT delay collection or shipment of newborn screening specimens.
  • Ship dried specimens within 24 hours. If mail or courier services are unavailable, ship as quickly as possible.

Posted Nov. 13, 2017


Hurricane Harvey Contingencies: Newborn Screening

Important Actions:

  • For All Newborns in your care: 
    • Collect 1st screens at 24-48 hours of age.
    • Collect 2nd screens at 7-14 days of age.
  • The 2nd screen may be the earliest opportunity to identify a newborn screening disorder.
    • If the 1st screen was missed, collect a specimen as soon as possible,
    • Collect the 2nd screen soon after 7 days of age.
  • Ensure the parent/guardian contact information will be valid throughout any potential family/baby relocation.
  • Ship specimens as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that newborn screening results are known, documented, and discussed with the family/caregiver.
  • Facilitate repeat or confirmatory testing, appropriate subspecialty referral and timely intervention if necessary
    Services:
  • The Texas Newborn Screening Program is fully operational and here to provide service and support.
  • Contact the DSHS Laboratory if you need specific help or have a suggestion on how DSHS can assist you with getting newborn screening specimens to the Laboratory. 

Posted Sept 7, 2017


Newborn Screening Guidance Following Hurricane Harvey

If you are a heath care provider in an affected area and have suggestions for how DSHS can assist with getting newborn screening specimens to the Laboratory, please contact the Laboratory at NewbornScreeningLab@dshs.texas.gov  or call toll free: 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7333.

As you continue to deal with the destruction and aftermath of the hurricane:

Know:

  • The Texas Newborn Screening Program is fully operational and here to provide service and support.
  • The US Postal Service and courier services have not been able to operate in certain areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.     

Providers should continue to:

  • Collect and dry newborn screens within the appropriate time frames.
  • Ensure the parent/guardian contact information will be valid throughout any potential family/baby relocation.
  • Ship as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours after collection.
  • Contact courier directly for service information for your area
  • If courier services are interrupted, store the specimens at room temperature in a dry location.
  • Do not put specimens in air-tight sealed containers.
  • Ensure that newborn screening results are known, documented, and discussed with the family/caregiver.
  • Facilitate repeat or confirmatory testing, appropriate subspecialty referral and timely intervention if necessary.

Hurricane Harvey: Newborn Screening Guidance

As you prepare for the weather, please remember:

  • Do Not Delay Newborn Screening Specimen Collection
    • Collect 1st screens at 24-48 hours of age
    • Collect 2nd screens at 7-14 days of age
  • Allow specimens to dry completely (3-4 hours)
  • Ensure the parent/guardian contact information will be valid throughout any potential family/baby relocation
  • Ship As Soon As Possible
    • If you use courier services, contact them directly for additional information about your location
    • If courier services are interrupted, store dried specimens at room temperature in a dry location
  • DO NOT put specimens in air-tight sealed containers
  • If a child has been transferred to another facility, include the newborn screening specimen collection status in the transfer documentation so that the receiving facility is aware if the specimen still needs to be collected.

Posted Aug. 25, 2017


Notice of New Expired Newborn Screening Kit Exchange Process

Beginning on September 20, 2017, expired NBS4 (Insurance/Self Pay) kits may be exchanged free of charge.

NBS4 (Insurance/Self-Pay) Kit Exchange Process

  • Complete the G-6D “Newborn Screening Supplies” order form
  • Count the number of expired NBS4 kits. Write the number of forms to be exchanged in the appropriate “Quantity Requested” box
  • Write “Exchange” in the “Billing – Purchase Order Number” box section of the form
  • Send the completed form and expired NBS4 kits to the Container Preparation Group. The mailing address can be found on the Newborn Screening FAQ website.
  • Exchanges will only be accepted for up to 3 months after the kit expiration date (e.g. kits expired on September 19, 2017 need to be received by DSHS on or before December 20, 2017)
  • Allow DSHS 5 business days from receipt of exchange request to process the request

Note:

  • To order additional new kits, complete a second G-6D “Newborn Screening Supplies” order form. Orders for additional kits will not be processed from the same G-6D form as the request for exchange of expired kits. Only the exchange will be processed.
  • Do NOT return expired NBS3 (Medicaid/Charity Care/CHIP) kits. Dispose of them appropriately.

Additional Information

For more information review the Frequently Asked Questions section about kit exchange on the Newborn Screening website.


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Last updated November 14, 2017