Office of Newborn Screening

Transit Time Project

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Many questions are going to arise about bloodspot specimen transit time project. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions that we have received about the project. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

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Where can I find general information about the newborn screening program in Arizona?

Additional information can be located on the Arizona Department of Health Services' Newborn Screening website.

What does transit time mean?

Transit time is the number of days between the date of blood collection and date of receiving the bloodspot in the Arizona State Laboratory.

Where can I order more drying racks?

To order more drying racks, please email us with the following information: first/last name, title, Hospital Name, phone number, email, and the location for the Saturday specimen pick-up.

I work at a birth hospital and would like to be added to the email distribution list. How can I get added?

To add your email to our distribution list, please email us with the following information: first/last name, title, Hospital Name, phone number, email, and the location for the Saturday specimen pick-up.

Where can hospitals order the Newborn Screening shipping envelopes?

On behalf of the Newborn Screening Program, the EZ Messenger courier will be delivering envelopes to the birth hospital on a quarterly basis. The next expected delivery is in July.

The State Laboratory received envelopes from hospitals with bloodspot cards that did not have the flap covering the bloodspots.

Please remind staff to dry the bloodspot card horizontally for 3-4 hours. Once the card is dry, close the flap and stack on opposite ends. Place the stack of bloodspot cards in shipping envelope provided to you by the Newborn Screening Program. Please remember to seal the envelope before placing it into the green EZ Messenger bin.

Can I ask the EZ Messenger courier general questions about the Newborn Screening Program or ask them how to order supplies such as bloodspot kits?

The couriers are not trained to provide technical assistance about the details of the Newborn Screening Program or available supplies. Please visit the Arizona Office of Newborn Screening or contact us via email to ask program related questions. Visit Shipping & Receiving to order collection kits or email us.

Also, visit the transit time project webpage to learn more about the newborn screening program, order supplies, find recent news articles/publications, and gain access to educational materials for parents and healthcare providers.

EZ Messenger currently only comes to my hospital Friday and Saturday but I would like to modify the service so they pick up Monday-Saturday.

To learn more about changing your hospital’s service days with EZ Messenger, please contact us at the email us.