Mississippi State Department of Health

Tips for Quality Newborn Screening Specimens

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Correct and timely newborn screening results depend on collecting samples accurately. Hospitals can ensure high performance by following these guidelines.

CCHD Screening Data Tip

When screening for critical congenital heart disease, write the date/time the initial pulse ox screening was performed in the spaces provided on the dried blood spot card.

If pulse ox screen result indicates a "Failed" screen, DO NOT delay sending the dried blood spot specimen to the screening lab to provide CCHD screening data. Indicate whether an echocardiogram was performed. Complete the CCHD status tab in the Genetics Reporting Portal which can be found at https://resultsportal.perkinelmergenetics.com/MS_Genetics_Reporting.aspx.

If pulse ox was not performed, indicate the reason why (i.e. refused, expired, transferred, on O2. Etc.). Indicate whether an echocardiogram was performed. DO NOT delay sending the dried blood spot specimen to the screening lab to provide CCHD screening data. Complete the Update the DBS card tab in the Genetics Reporting Portal which can be found at https://resultsportal.perkinelmergenetics.com/MS_Genetics_Reporting.aspx.

Causes of Invalid Specimens

Possible causes for invalid or unsatisfactory specimens include, but are not limited to:



Links referenced
https://resultsportal.perkinelmergenetics.com/MS_Genetics_Reporting.aspx.    https://resultsportal.perkinelmergenetics.com/MS_Genetics_Reporting.aspx
https://resultsportal.perkinelmergenetics.com/MS_Genetics_Reporting.aspx.    https://resultsportal.perkinelmergenetics.com/MS_Genetics_Reporting.aspx

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