Newborn Screening Reference Manual for Medical Providers
The 2015 Newborn Screening Reference Manual for Medical Providers (16MB) is now available. This resource is for Alabama medical providers who offer newborn screening and includes information regarding HIPAA and newborn screening, newborn screening specimen collection guidelines, forms for education material and specimen kits, registration instructions for accessing newborn screening results, and much more.
Secure Remote Viewer (SRV)
The Alabama Voice Response System (AVRS) will no longer be supported. Providers must register for Secure Remote Viewer (SRV) to access newborn screening results. Providers can register for SRV by completing the registration form and following the SRV instructions.
Alabama Bureau of Clinical Laboratories
The Alabama Bureau of Clinical Laboratories performs all newborn screening tests in the state and should be contacted regarding specimen collection or filter forms. If more specimen kits are needed, please complete and submit the Reorder Form. Please see the Newborn Screening Blood Collection Guidelines (1MB) for instructions regarding specimen collection.
Please be sure your contact information remains current with the state lab. You may update it by completing the Newborn Screening Provider Update form.
Congenital Zika Syndrome
Over the past year, congenital Zika virus syndrome has captured the attention of the world because of the devastating effects it can have on an infant's development. In recognition that pediatricians will require support and guidance, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) created a Webinar Series on Zika Virus Syndrome. During the first webinar in this series, expert speakers provided an overview of the neurodevelopmental manifestations of congenital Zika virus syndrome. They also described how to monitor symptomatic and asymptomatic infants, including how to collaborate with specialists to ensure a continuum of care. For more information on the AAP Zika Webinar Series, please refer to their Upcoming Events information.
Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD)
In June 2013, CCHD was officially added to the Alabama Newborn Screening Panel. However, many hospitals had voluntarily began screening in 2012. According to Dr. Wally F. Carlo, M.D., Division of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, "As we move ahead with pulse oximetry screening, many hurdles remain. We need to ensure reporting of failed screens to Public Health and implement data tracking and quality assurance methods. I applaud the efforts of the Alabama Department of Public Health, hospitals around the state, and others for their efforts, which are benefiting our state's infants."
The Alabama Newborn Screening Program provided a written copy of the Hospital Guidelines for Implementing Pulse Oximetry Screening (6MB) in 2012 to all Alabama birthing facilities.
Alabama Early Intervention System (AEIS)
Early intervention is a coordinated, family-focused system of resource access, supports and services for eligible infants and toddlers, ages birth to 3 years who have developmental delays. AEIS is a statewide system that offers eligible families the opportunity to receive appropriate services, including assistive technology, audiology, family therapy, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, psychological services, service coordination, special instruction, social work, speech language pathology, medical services, transportation, vision and health services, and physical therapy. AEIS helps families learn about resources, supports and services that are available and how to care for the child who has special needs.
If you believe a child would benefit from these services then complete the Child Find Referral Form and fax to 334-293-7393 or call 1-800-543-3098 for more information.
Obstetric Provider Information
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published an article, Newborn Screening and the Obstetrician, which recommends as a best practice to educate parents about the importance of newborn screening for heritable and congenital disorders prior to delivery. According to the authors of this article, obstetric providers should, at some time during pregnancy, review the basic process of newborn screening with parents to prepare them for newborn screening in the neonatal period. In addition, it is encouraged that verbal discussion and distribution of written materials be incorporated.
Obstetric providers have a significant role to inform expectant parents that newborn screening is routine and can save lives. Below are some resources available for obstetric providers.