Newborn Screening

Saving Lives with a Simple Blood Spot

The Washington State Department of Health, Office of Newborn Screening (NBS) tests all infants born in Washington for a number of rare but treatable disorders using a dried blood spot specimen. Infants with these disorders usually appear healthy at birth and, without screening, the disorders are not likely to be detected and treated in time to prevent death or severe disability. Newborn screening is one of the most successful public health initiatives in the USA. Babies with these disorders can have serious health problems, but screening and early treatment can help our youngest Washingtonians grow up healthy!

For more information about newborn screening in Hawaii and newborn screening in Idaho please Contact WA NBS

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Program updates and news

Learn more about newborn screening in Washington State by looking at a timeline of historic events.