Helping babies get started on the right foot
The Newborn Screening (NBS) Program screens infants born in Wisconsin for 44 disorders, hearing loss, and critical congenital heart disease (CCHD).
New Conditions Added to Newborn Screening Panel
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has added, by emergency rule, screening for Carnitine Palmitoyltransferase 1A deficiency (CPT1A) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) to the Wisconsin Newborn Screening Program’s panel of conditions. This rule will go into effect once it is published in the Wisconsin State Journal, which is expected to occur on October 15, 2019. Every infant born in a hospital is required to have CPT1A and SMA screening prior to discharge.Babies born out of hospital are also required to be screened.
For more important information on this rule please see the following links:
Newborn Screening has a NEW COURIER (as of 8/5/19)
The WSLH has elected to use UPS for their courier of NBS specimens. You can log into a UPS web portal (https://row.ups.com) to ship newborn screening specimens from your location to WSLH.
- Click here to schedule a pick-up (Monday thru Saturday) using the UPS portal
- Instructions for using the UPS portal
If you experience any difficulty with the portal, please call either:
- WSLH Newborn Screening Laboratory
- UPS Enterprise Support Team
- Provide the WSLH NBS UPS account number
For updates to your account information, please email us at:
Modifications to the Newborn Screening Procedure for Extended Hospital Stays (as of 9/2/2019)
Beginning September 2, 2019, the Wisconsin Newborn Screening program will implement a modified newborn screening procedure for extended hospital stays. Please see August 1, 2019 letter.
You can find detailed information at http://www.slh.wisc.edu/clinical/newborn/health-care-professionals-guide/how-to-collect-a-blood-specimen/when-to-collect-a-blood-specimen-2/.
Questions? Please call the Newborn Screening Laboratory at 608-262-6547.
The Wisconsin Newborn Screening website is dedicated to promoting and encouraging the sharing of knowledge, communication and resources with healthcare agencies, families, and anyone else interested in NBS for the benefit of babies born in Wisconsin.
For more information on:
- Newborn blood screening, please call the Newborn
Screening Laboratory at 608-262-6547.
- Hearing loss screening, please call the Wisconsin
Department of Health Services (DHS) at 608-267-9191.
- Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) screening,
please call SHINE personnel at 608-265-1894.
- How quickly hospitals send specimen cards to the Newborn Screening Laboratory, please see this report or visit the Wisconsin Hospital Association’s CheckPoint
Birth Measures Report for this data and additional quality indicators.
- Provide contact information for your NBS Site Liaison
- Learn more with our Continuing Education interactive training webinars
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