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Newborn Screening Reports

The Illinois Department of Public Health newborn metabolic screen (also called the heel stick or blood spot screen) includes many serious disorders that need to be found and treated in the first days of life. The Newborn Screening Follow-up Program reports out-of-range screening results to the hospital contact or physician by telephone, fax and mail as soon as a test is completed. Because many out-of-range screening results require immediate referral to a medical specialist, the Newborn Screening Follow-up Program tracks the number of days between collection at the birthing site and receipt of specimens by the Illinois Department of Public Health Newborn Screening Laboratory. The quarterly reporting metrics below are presented by perinatal hospital (submitter).