DSHS Newborn Screening Update - 2/20/21

UPDATE 2021 Winter Storm and Newborn Screening-TESTING RESUMED

Know:

  • The Texas Newborn Screening (NBS) Laboratory resumed normal operations starting Saturday, February 20.
  • DSHS courier pickups and deliveries have resumed.
  • NBS Program operations will continue at maximum capacity to resolve specimen backlogs.
  • DSHS shipped a limited number of specimens to a reference laboratory to improve timeliness of testing.
  • DSHS Clinical Care Coordination will provide follow-up outreach services as soon as results are available for samples tested in the TX NBS Laboratory and the reference laboratory.

Providers should continue to:

  • If a child is showing signs or symptoms of a possible critical newborn screening condition,
    • Note that NBS results may not be available.
    • Initiate diagnostic work-up or treatment as needed.
    • Contact NBS Clinical Care Coordination immediately for assistance with follow-up recommendations and contact information for clinical referral specialists in your area.
  • Expedite follow-up activities on out-of-range results as much as possible.
    • Ensure that newborn screening results are known, documented, and discussed with the family/caregiver.
    • Facilitate repeat or confirmatory testing, appropriate subspecialty referral and timely intervention if necessary.
  • Collect and dry newborn screens within the appropriate timeframes.
    • 1st newborn screen - between 24 - 48 hours of age or before hospital discharge.
    • 2nd newborn screen - 1-2 weeks of age.
  • Ship specimens through normal delivery method as soon as possible.

The DSHS Newborn Screening Program appreciates the dedication and commitment of healthcare providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for Texas newborns.

Read the full notice here.