Missouri Expands Newborn Screening Network with Sunday Pickup and Eight New Sites

July 23, 2015|11:08 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

With additional collection sites and Sunday pickup service, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is strengthening its newborn screening program. The state health agency has recently added eight more hospitals to its system of 46 hospital pickup sites throughout the state. The department also added a Sunday pickup service for all birthing hospitals that are currently receiving state courier service.

This new pick up day will be in addition to the current Monday through Friday pickup schedule. By implementing this additional pickup day, the newborn screening samples collected over the weekend will arrive at the state lab one day earlier, helping to expedite their testing.

Prompt newborn screening sample transit times can be life-saving for newborn babies. The Missouri State Public Health Laboratory screens for several disorders which need rapid detection and intervention to prevent serious health complications.

Newborns in Missouri are screened for more than 65 conditions to help ensure health problems are identified soon after birth. If a baby has a high risk result after the screening is conducted, their doctor is contacted as soon as possible.

This information was taken from a press release issued July 20. To find out more about the newborn screening program in Missouri, visit this web page. See also ASTHO’s resources on newborn screening.