A Primer on Newborn Screening

Kristin Gatrell Bryant, RN, BSN, MSN; Kimberly M. Horns, RNC, NNP, PhD; Nicola Longo, MD, PhD; Julieanne Schiefelbein, MappSc, RNC, MA (Ed), RM, PNP, NNP


Adv Neonatal Care. 2004;4(5) 

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Implications for Education and Policy

Development of comprehensive hospital policies and procedures is needed to ensure accurate, rapid, early identification and to avoid missed screening. Specific policies must be in place for infants in high-risk settings, such as the NICU, who may cross state lines or who may be transported several times between facilities. Develop a good working relationship with your state metabolic screening program to ensure collaboration, communication, and prompt problem solving when challenges arise.

Ensure that every provider is well informed about the current status, changes, and developments in newborn screening. Increase public awareness through information provided at health fairs, Web sites, teaching tools, and other avenues.[8] Advocate at the state level for appropriate support for newborn screening programs. Success of newborn screening programs depends on the knowledge and awareness of health care providers, parents, and the public.[8]


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