Office of Newborn Screening

Healthcare Providers

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The success of the Newborn Screening program depends on the coordinated efforts of many health professionals. Medical Home and/or other Healthcare Professionals are generally responsible for: ordering the screening tests for newborn infants in their care, informing parents about the screening tests, and collection and handling of newborn screening specimens. Practitioners, and/or their contracted laboratories, may collect and send specimens for testing. Practitioners, hospitals and laboratories work together to coordinate timely collection and rapid delivery of acceptable newborn screening specimens to the Arizona Public Health Laboratory (State Lab).

Education

Newborn Screening is a system comprised of six component parts including education at the center. Education exists in each of the three screening activities (pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical) and should be measurable and achievable. The Arizona plan exists to meet the needs of public health professionals, health care providers, consumers, and policy makers, is dynamic and flexible.

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