Newborn Screening for Providers

Idaho state law requires the department's Newborn Screening (NBS) Program to test all infants born in Idaho for a number of rare but treatable disorders using a dried blood spot specimen. To make sure newborn screening tests are performed, Idaho Administrative code designates practitioners as the responsible party for specimen collection. The definition of "practitioner" includes physicians, nurses, and midwives who deliver or care for infants in hospitals, birth centers or homes.

Practitioners are integral to newborn screening in that they are not only responsible for collection and handling of specimens for every infant in their care, but also parent education and prompt action on incomplete or abnormal results referred to them. In the event an infant is affected, the practitioner’s actions and decisions to ensure rapid evaluation and appropriate treatment can have lifelong implications for the infant and the family.

Newborn Screening Kits

Important Announcement

NEWBORN SCREENING PROGRAM IS CHANGING LABORATORIES

The Newborn Screening Program (NBS) is changing our contracted laboratory to improve timeliness of screening and to be more responsive in our newborn screening activities.

What you need to know:

  • New laboratory- Washington State Laboratory
  • Effective date of April 1, 2021
  • Collection kit cost increase ($58.20 for single kit and $116.40 for double or triple (NICU only) kits
  • Services will continue as they are now through March 31, 2021.
  • Screening process will remain the same: lance newborn’s heel and place on filter paper
    • but there will be 5 blood spots instead of 4
  • Newborn screening providers will have the option to view newborn screening results through Secure Remote Review (SRV). However, please note: Due to the expected high volume of requests to the Secure Remote Viewer, Washington state NBS requests that each facility only assigns one (1) staff member to request access for SRV for the month of April. Once all Idaho facilities have one representative established with SRV access, we can onboard additional users for interested facilities (starting in May).  We estimate a 2 week turnaround time for processing requests. For more information on registering for SRV, please scroll down to “Provider Resources” to find supporting documents
 
Washington State Public Health Lab (Newborn Screening) 

1610 NE 150th St

Shoreline, WA 98155

Phone: (206) 418-5410

Toll free: 1-866-660-9050

Fax: (206) 363-1610

Lab Receiving Hours

Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Holiday (except Thanksgiving): 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sunday and Thanksgiving: Closed

* Newborn screening specimens received by 10:00 a.m will be set-up for testing the same day.

 

The Idaho Newborn Screening Program strongly encourages providers to order newborn screening kits online through Access Idaho. 

Please allow 2-3 weeks for the delivery of kit orders. 

If you have any questions about your order, please contact the MCH Section at 208-334-5962 or email IdahoMCH@dhw.idaho.gov.

 

NOTE: The State of Idaho mandates two tests. See IDAPA 16.02.12- Newborn Screening for details. Babies can be screened up to 6 months of age. The specimen of a baby older than 6 months will only be accepted by written request from the Oregon State Public Health Lab.

Order Newborn Screening Kits Online

Washington Newborn Screening Kit Options

Single Kits: $58.20
Double Kits: $116.40
Triple Kits: $116.40 (NICU Only)
Shipping Labels

Click the button below to create and print a shipping label for shipping specimens to the laboratory.

Provider Resources

PowerPoint Presentation
Provides a wealth of information for the newborn screening practitioner including screening essentials, conditions included in the screening panel, summary of conditions, criteria for requesting follow-up specimens, screening practices, recommendations for specimen collection, unsatisfactory specimens, reporting results, problems in screening practice, educational services, fees and screening kit information, exemptions, and more.
Word Document
A comprehensive listing all of the conditions and disorders which the newborn screening program currently tests for.
Document
Instructions on filling out the Newborn Screening Washington Collection Kit
PowerPoint Presentation
How to properly collect a bloodspot specimen
PowerPoint Presentation
How to pack and ship specimens to the Newborn Screening Program.
PowerPoint Presentation
PowerPoint Slides for the NBS Lab Transition Q&A Webinar.
YouTube Video
On Jan 27th, 2021 the NBS program hosted an informational webinar to discuss the transition to Washington State Public Health Laboratory. Please watch for more information.
Document
Due to the expected high volume of requests to the Secure Remote Viewer (SRV), Washington state NBS requests that each facility only assigns one (1) staff member to request access for SRV for the month of April.
YouTube Video
The Idaho Newborn Screening Program informational webinar regarding ID Directory, shipping and accessing NBS results from Washington State Lab.
PowerPoint Presentation
The PowerPoint slides for the Idaho Newborn Screening Program informational webinar regarding ID Directory, shipping and accessing NBS results from Washington State Lab.
Additional Procedures

Transfusions

Collect a specimen for the Newborn Screening test before giving blood to an infant Why? If there’s a transfusion before the first newborn screening specimen is collected, it can affect results for Galactosemia, Biotinidase Deficiency, and Hemoglobinopathies.

Parents That Choose Not To Have Newborn Screening

  • Review refusal form with parent.
  • Review  newborn Screening brochures provided by the State of Idaho Newborn Screening Program.
  • Have parents sign refusal form stating their intention to refuse screening.
Contact Us
Idaho Newborn Screening Program
Address

PO Box 83720 (Mailing)
550 W. State St. (Shipping)
Boise, ID 83720-0036
United States