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Making a Difference Through Newborn Screening: Blood Collection on Filter Paper

A new DVD from the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is now available titled Making a Difference Through Newborn Screening: Blood Collection on Filter Paper (NBS01-A6).

This new video:

  • Highlights specimen collection methods
  • Discusses acceptable techniques for applying blood drops or aliquots to the filter paper segment of the specimen collection device
  • Provides instructions on proper specimen handling and transport to ensure quality specimens are consistently obtained for newborn screening analysis

Why Use the NBS01-A6 DVD? Today, virtually all (>99%) of the more than 4 million infants born in the United States each year are screened for conditions such as phenylketonuria, congenital hypothyroidism, galactosemia, and hemoglobinopathies. This DVD provides the critical guidance needed to detect potentially life-threatening and debilitating conditions for better outcomes and healthy, happy infants.

For additional details on the DVD and how to obtain it, please click here.