Newborn screening is the practice of screening every baby prior to hospital discharge for certain harmful or potentially fatal metabolic and genetic conditions that are not otherwise apparent at birth. Newborn screening allows babies to be identified and treated before they get sick, preventing serious health problems or even death. It is the largest and most successful health promotion and disease prevention system in the country, and the fastest, safest way to help protect against certain diseases and medical conditions. Though technology has made it possible to screen for an increasing number of conditions, evidence does not support screening for all detectable disorders.
This resource, developed in partnership with the Association of Public Health Laboratories, provides recommendations for decision makers to consider multiple factors to assess the value and feasibility of adding a condition/s to the state’s newborn screening panel.