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

Due to operational limitations, the Idaho Newborn Screening Program is requesting that newborn screening providers limit the purchase of newborn screening kits to sustain their needs through March 31, 2020.

please only order the number of kits needed through march 31, 2021.

 

If you did not receive an email notification about this announcement, please contact Stephanie Walters, Clinical Coordinator, at stephanie.walters1@dhw.idaho.gov, to add your email to the Newborn Screening Program contact list and receive important announcements. 

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
Printable Newborn Screening Order Form
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Newborn screening kit options

Single kits: $56
  • To order kits, call 1-208-334-5962
  • The forms are bar coded in order to link the first form with the second form.
  • Second blood spot form is not to be used as a first blood spot for another client.
  • Parents need to be instructed on the importance of bringing the second blood spot form with them to their first newborns appointment or lab visit.
Double kits: $105
  • Double kits are 2-part filter paper blood spot forms.
  • To order kits, 1-208-334-5962
  • The forms are bar coded in order to link the first form with the second form.
  • Second blood spot form is not to be used as a first blood spot for another client.
  • Parents need to be instructed on the importance of bringing the second blood spot form with them to their first newborns appointment or lab visit.
Triple kits: $105 (NICU Only)
  • Used in the newborn intensive care units.
  • These forms can be purchased by Newborn Intensive Care Units only.
  • To order kits, 1-208-334-5962
  • Cost $105 - No additional fee for triple kits.

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.
PowerPoint Presentation
How to properly collect a bloodspot specimen
PowerPoint Presentation
How to pack and ship specimens to the Newborn Screening Program.
YouTube Video
Please watch this instructional video from Baby's First Test for more information about CCHD screening.
YouTube Video
Please watch this instructional video from The Newborn Foundation for more information on CCHD Screening.
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