CHA News Article

Hospitals Encouraged to Examine Newborn Blood Screening Protocols
AHA to host conference call on best practices Dec. 12

Recently, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a series of articles about delays in newborn blood screening tests, reporting that, at 57 California facilities, more than 5 percent of samples reached a lab five or more days after they were collected. Individual California hospital performance has been published on the newspaper’s website.

California state regulation requires that samples be sent as soon as possible, but not later than 12 hours after they are obtained, via courier or Golden State Overnight. Expenses are covered by the state genetic screening program. The California Genetic Disease Screening Program contracts with seven regional laboratories, which are open seven days a week, to test samples. CHA encourages all hospitals to examine their policies and performance on newborn screening and communication with the state labs.

To address the issue, the American Hospital Association will host a members-only conference call Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. (PT), featuring examples of hospital best practices. To register, visit