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!
Demographic correction requests
Demographic correction requests for newborn screening specimens should be submitted online as of June 8th. Visit Submit Demographic Correction for more information.
Program updates and news
- Resuming Second Newborn Screening Collections