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Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program

The Northwest Regional Newborn Bloodspot Screening (NWRNBS) Program is designed to identify infants affected by specific medical conditions in time to prevent impairment. Infants with these conditions often appear normal at birth. Only with time does the medical condition affect the infant’s health and development. Although each screening condition is rare, when combined, approximately one in 250 infants is affected. If a baby tests positive for one of these conditions, staff will follow up to help them receive appropriate medical care to prevent impairment or death.

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For Medical Providers

Medical providers are responsible for ensuring newborn bloodspot screening occurs timely and correctly.

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Specimen Collection

Proper collection of a specimen is critically important to ensure correct and complete test results.

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For Parents

Newborn bloodspot screening is important to ensure your infant gets the medical care they need.

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About Newborn Screening

Newborn bloodspot screening is continually evolving. The program posts updates when available. 

Accreditation and Certificates

The Oregon State Public Health Laboratory holds the following certificates: