Newborns routinely have specimens drawn for testing before discharge from the hospital. Specimens are drawn with a heel prick, and the blood spotted on a special filter paper collection kit which is sent to the laboratory for testing. Oregon's newborn screening kits
are provided by the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory upon prepaid request.
The program tests more than 320,000 specimens representing more than 180,000 babies each year and is entirely supported by fees.
The parents' pamphlet (pdf)
explains the screening program and is distributed when babies are discharged from the hospital. It contains information about the importance of newborn screening as well as the best time for the second specimen to be drawn (10-15 days).
The Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program produces a Practitioner's Manual (pdf)
for doctors, midwives, nurse practitioners and laboratorians who work with newborns. It includes information about screening practices, specimen collection, educational services, as well as more information about disorders.