Newborn Screening Reference Manual for Medical Providers
The Alabama Newborn Screening Program is pleased to offer the Newborn Screening Reference Manual for Medical Providers 2012 (9.6 MB) which contains valuable information regarding newborn screening to include ACT sheets, which provide short term actions a health professional should follow in communicating with the family and determining the appropriate steps in the follow-up of an infant that has screened positive.
Alabama Department of Public Health 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. The Newborn Screening Laboratory has new and slightly revised Newborn Screening Collection Forms (filter forms). Please see the Newborn Screening Blood Collection Guidelines (1MB) for instructions regarding specimen collection.
Newborn screening results may be obtained using the Alabama Voice Response System (AVRS). Please check the AVRS if you are unsure about previous screening results. If you are not registered with AVRS, please complete the AVRS Registration Form.
Please be sure your contact information remains current with the state lab. You may update it by completing the Newborn Screening Provider Update form.
Alabama Implements Pilot Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD)
The Alabama Department of Public Health convened a work group of professionals on November 29, 2011, and on December 13, 2011, in order to discuss recommended procedures and develop guidance for implementing universal pulse oximetry screening to detect CCHD in Alabama. The work group included pediatric cardiologists, neonatologists, pediatricians, parent advocates, insurance representatives, hospital personnel, and representatives from the American Heart Association, the Alabama Hospital Association, the Medical Association, and the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Alabama Newborn Screening Program mailed out the Hospital Guidelines for Implementing Pulse Oximetry Screening (6MB) in March 2012 to all birthing facilities in the state.