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Avoiding Unsatisfactory Newborn Screening Specimens

All Newborn Screening (NBS) specimens will be examined for quality upon receipt at the MDHHS NBS Lab. Unsatisfactory specimens will require that a repeat specimen is collected. Notification of the need for a repeat specimen will be faxed to the submitter and the primary care provider listed on the NBS card.

Unsatisfactory specimens result in:

  • Critical time delays in identifying disorders
  • Additional work for hospital and NBS staff
  • Unnecessary burden on parents who must bring their baby back for a repeat screen
  • Infant distress caused by the need for a repeat specimen collection
  • Increased cost to the hospital for repeat lab charges


Tips to Avoid Unsatisfactory NBS Specimens: