CLSI offers updated DVD on blood spot newborn screening

July 11, 2014

The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) has produced a new version of the video Making a Difference Through Newborn Screening: Blood Collection on Filter Paper (NBS01-A6 DVD). This video is an updated version of the LA04-A5 DVD and is based on the CLSI document Blood Collection on Filter Paper for Newborn Screening Programs; Approved Standard—Sixth Edition (NBS01-A6).

This new video demonstrates how to prepare for specimen collection; collect blood specimens using the recommended heel-stick technique; handle specimens properly; maintain appropriate records; transfer specimens to the screening lab in a timely manner; and prevent testing problems that can delay the newborn’s diagnosis and treatment. The video highlights different specimen collection methods and discusses the acceptable techniques for applying blood drops or aliquots to the filter paper segment of the specimen collection device. Following the instructions on proper specimen handling and transport provided in the video helps to ensure quality specimens are consistently obtained for newborn screening analysis.

The extensive list of disorders that can now be detected by blood spot newborn screening includes disorders such as phenylketonuria, homocystinuria, MCAD, propionic academia, galactosemia, biotinidase deficiency, congenital hypothyroidism, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, sickle cell anemia, some thalassemias, G6PD deficiency, and cystic fibrosis. Learn more about products and services offered by the CLSI.

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