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“Every Baby Counts” Quality Improvement Program
The following links contain summarized data for transit time deliveries of NBS specimens and rates of unsatisfactory specimen submissions for birthing facilities throughout Oklahoma:
The “Every Baby Counts” Quality Improvement Program is designed to improve the processes for timely collection and submission of newborn screening (NBS) specimens for testing at the OSDH Public Health Laboratory (PHL). Delayed testing, due to improper specimen collection or prolonged transit time, deters early detection and intervention for critical conditions that could lead to permanent damage or death of a child within the first few days of life.
Per Oklahoma law (OS 63 Sections 1-533 and 1-534), NBS dried blood spot specimens must:
Submitters are also responsible for submitting specimens of adequate quality for testing. Improperly collected or processed specimens may prove unsatisfactory for testing, resulting in the need to collect a new specimen and delaying results. Accordingly, specimen quality improvement goals are a component of the “Every Baby Counts” QI Program, aimed at reducing the number of submitted unsatisfactory specimens.
To ensure successful collection/processing/submission of specimens, we recommend that birthing facilities:
Efficient specimen collection and handling processes within birthing facilities are only one component for ensuring prompt testing of NBS specimens. The Every Baby Counts QI program is actively exploring ways to improve efficiencies in courier pick-up and transportation of specimens to the OSDH PHL, and in receipt, processing and testing of specimens within the OSDH PHL. The Courier Map (link above) illustrates the frequency of pick-up of NBS specimens from birthing hospitals.
Under 63 O.S., Sections 1-533 and 1-534, the following Rules and Regulations have been established for newborn screening and follow-up of all infants born in Oklahoma.
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