Reporting Results

 

Laboratory Testing and Reporting

 

Specimen Analysis

Specimen processing begins on the day specimens are received in the newborn screening laboratory. The availability of results is disorder dependent. For detailed information, please call the laboratory, 608-262-6547.

 

Reporting Results

 NORMAL RESULTS:

Written report to specimen collection facility and baby’s primary care provider listed on specimen card.

ABNORMAL RESULTS:

Telephone call to baby’s primary care provider/specialist.

Written report to baby’s primary care provider and collection facility.

POSSIBLE ABNORMAL RESULTS:

Written report to baby’s primary care provider and collection facility.

NOTE: Some possible abnormal results are reported by telephone to the baby’s primary care provider.

 

New Results Reports Coming in August 2022

The Newborn Screening Laboratory at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene is currently working on updating newborn screening reports. The updated reports will have a more consistent appearance, more harmonized terminology, and more unified structure. The updated reports become effective on August 15, 2022.

There will be five reporting categories. Example forms are linked below:

Screen Positive: Screening test results indicate that the baby may be at high risk of having conditions included on the newborn screening panel. Additional clinical confirmatory testing must be performed to determine if a condition is actually present. Example form

Screen Borderline: Screening test results are close to the screen positive threshold, and a repeated newborn screening is needed on a re-collected specimen. Example form

Screen Carrier: Screening results indicate that the baby has a change in only one gene of a pair, and the other gene is working normally. Carriers typically do not display symptoms of the condition, but can pass on the change to their children. Example form

Screen Inconclusive: Sometimes, screening results are inconclusive due to specimen reliability for a variety of reasons, and a repeated newborn screening is needed on a re-collected specimen. Example form

Screen Negative: Screening results indicate that the baby has a low risk of having conditions included on the newborn screening panel. Based on these results, follow-up testing is not needed. Example form

If you have any questions, please contact us at: nbsqualityreport@slh.wisc.edu