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The Newborn Screening (NBS) Program screens infants born in Wisconsin for 47 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:

WI-DHS & WSLH Joint Letter

Fact Sheet for Physicians

Letter for Parents


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.

If you experience any difficulty with the portal, please call either:

  • WSLH Newborn Screening Laboratory
    • 608-262-6547
  • UPS Enterprise Support Team
    • 800-877-1497
    • 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.

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For Parents


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