Newborn Screening Program Information: Announcements - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Newborn Screening Program Information:
Announcements


Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders - Vacancies

The Minnesota Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders has upcoming vacancies for terms beginning January 2020 and ending January 2024. If you are interested in applying, please visit our webpage for more information:

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Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee Meeting November 2019

The Newborn Hearing Screening Advisory Committee will hold their next committee meeting on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 1 – 4p at the Wilder Center, auditoriums A and B. The Wilder Center is located at 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN 55104. This meeting is open to the public. Please visit our advisory committee’s webpage for more information:

Newborn Screening Program Information: NHSAC Committee

Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders Meeting October 2019

The Minnesota Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders will hold their next committee meeting on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 1 – 4p at the Wilder Center, auditoriums A and B. The Wilder Center is located at 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN 55104. This meeting is open to the public. To request ADA accommodation, please contact Sondra Rosendahl at 651-201-5922 or sondra.rosendahl@state.mn.us. Please visit our advisory committee’s webpage for more information:

Newborn Screening Program Information: NSAC Committee

Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders April 2019

The Minnesota Advisory Committee on Heritable and Congenital Disorders will hold their next committee meeting on April 23, 2019 from 1-4 pm at the Wilder Center, auditoriums A and B. The Wilder Center is located at 451 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN 55104. This meeting is open to the public. To request ADA accommodation, please contact Sondra Rosendahl at 651-201-5922 or sondra.rosendahl@state.mn.us. Please visit our Advisory Committees webpage for more information:

Newborn Screening Program Information: NSAC Committee

Important Program Update: Out-of-State Transfer Recommendations

April 8, 2019

Minnesota Newborn Screen Recommended Prior to Out-of-State Transport:

The Newborn Screening program is changing our request of birth facilities regarding infants who will be transferred to neighboring Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Special Care Nurseries (SCN) in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin.

Babies screened in Minnesota are now checked for more conditions (X-ALD, Pompe disease, MPS I, and SMA) than in our bordering states (ND, SD, IA, WI). Because of these differences in screening panels between Minnesota and surrounding states, we are now requesting that all newborns receive a Minnesota newborn screen prior to out-of-state transport. Obtaining a pre-transport specimen assures that your patients will benefit from the most comprehensive screening available.

New Out-of-State Transfer Recommendations:

Effective immediately, we are asking all of our hospitals that routinely transfer out-of-state to start collecting an initial newborn screening specimen on infants (regardless of collection time) before transport to NICUs in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The recently added disorders are not affected by collection before 24 hours. 

Additional Process Information:

  • If the pre-transfer specimen was collected before 24 hours of age, we will continue to follow-up on these transferred infants to document that a specimen is also collected after 24 hours of age. This will ensure each child has a complete screen (see the attached document that outlines this).
  • In the event the baby is too ill/critical to have a specimen drawn before transport, a newborn screen can be ordered by the primary care provider once the baby is back in MN. 
  • In the event a specimen is abnormal for any of the screened conditions, our genetic counselors will contact the receiving hospital to coordinate additional follow-up and alert local physicians if baby has already left the NICU.

As always, we appreciate your work in making sure Minnesota babies receive every opportunity for a healthy start.  If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Amy Dahle at 651-201-5459 or amy.dahle@state.mn.us.

View the A Complete Blood Spot Screen: <24 hour Specimen and Post-transfusion (PDF) for more information.