Newborn Screening Program

This program aims to eliminate or reduce mortality, morbidity and disabilities by early detection and treatment of the disorders included in the newborn screening panel. The program now screens for all  disorders recommended by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) except for hearing loss.

Common questions regarding newborn screening.

Louisiana Genetic Diseases/ Lead Poisoning Prevention Program:
1450 Poydras St. Ste. 2046
New Orleans, LA 70112
Main: (504)568-8254
Fax: (504)568-8253

OPH State Laboratory move

The Office of Public Health State Laboratory, including Newborn Screening, will be moving to a new facility in Baton Rouge beginning January 20, 2015, with the Newborn Screening lab move being completed by January 26, 2015.  There will not be any interruption in Newborn Screening testing.  Our Newborn Screening courier provider, Express Courier, has been notified and will pick up samples as normal. All samples will be delivered to the new facility in Baton Rouge starting on Friday January 23, 2015.  All samples shipped via the USPS should be mailed to the new address starting January 23, 2014.  The address to the new facility is below.  If you have any questions please call Terry Crockett at 225-219-5206. 

 

New Laboratory Address:

Office of Public Health State Laboratory

1209 Leesville Avenue

Baton Rouge, La 70802 

 

Filter Paper Specimen Collection Training

The Genetic Diseases Program is committed to reducing the number of newborn screening specimens (Filter paper Lab-10 specimens) rejected as unsatisfactory for testing.  In collaboration with the Office of Public Health's regional hospital nurse coordinators, in-service training and education on the proper technique for sample collection is now available statewide. To assist with training, copies of the DVD, CLSI Newborn Screening Collection can be borrowed for viewing.  To request in-service training and/or the loan of the DVD, please contact the Genetic Diseases Program office at 504-568-8254.

NEW links to videos regarding Newborn Screening specimen collection for staff training:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPnLmYUVtvM&feature=youtu.be

External Link to Youtube Video - Every Hour Counts: Timely collection & Transport of Newborn Screening Specimens (18:21 minutes)

External Link to Youtube Video - CLSI (Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute) Newborn Screening Informational Video (1:48 minutes)

 

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