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. ACT sheets and confirmatory algorithms may be accessed at the American College of Medical Genetics.
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.
The Pulse Oximetry Screening Algorithm was corrected on May 29, 2012 due to a misprint.