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New Online Learning Resource for SCID Screening: Just in Time for Newborn Screening Month

September 2, 2015

Submitted by the Virginia Department of Health Newborn Screening Program:

Today, newborns in most states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are screened for at least 29 conditions within the first few days after birth. Using a few drops of blood, newborn screening detects a treatable condition in about 1 in 300 babies born each year.

The Newborn Screening Education project, a joint venture between the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the University of Virginia Office of Continuing Medical Education and the University of Virginia Children's Hospital, has expanded its current online Newborn Dried Blood Spot training module to include content on Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome (SCID).  

SCID is characterized by an inability to resist infections and is a life-threatening syndrome. Without definitive treatment, SCID is usually fatal by two years of age.

The new SCID content within the Newborn Dried Blood-Spot Screening module reviews:

  • Why and how to screen,
  • How to proceed when presented with abnormal or critical screens, and
  • How to communicate with family members

Newborn Screening Month is a great reason to make sure newborn and pediatric staff are trained on the latest screening protocols and best practices. Learn more about this newborn screening resource at