Newborn Screening Programs

Description: Programs that offer health screening services for neonates which are designed to prevent physical problems, intellectual disabilities and premature death through the early detection and treatment of genetic disorders which may not otherwise be detected until irreversible damage has occurred. A drop of blood is taken from each infant's heel prior to discharge and sent to a laboratory for analysis. A repeat specimen is recommended one to two weeks after birth if the original sample was taken within the first 24 hours of life. Newborn hearing screening is also available in some areas. (AIRS LF-7000.6000)

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Address: MT
Phone: 406-444-0043
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Services Provided: Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defect and are a leading cause of infant death due to birth defects. Approximately 25% of these defects are critical and require medical or surgical treatment within the first year of life. In 2011 the US Secretary of Health and Human Services recommended that all newborns be screened for CCHD using pulse oximetry. Pulse oximetry is a simple, non-invasive test that measures the oxygen level in a baby’s blood. The goal of this screening is to identify newborns with heart defects often associated with low blood oxygen levels before they are discharged to home. Early identification can prevent serious illness or death resulting from a missed or delayed diagnosis of CCHD. Pulse oximetry screening for CCHD became part of Montana’s newborn screening requirements in July 2014.
Provider Profiles: Meghan Kiser, RN
MKiser@mt.gov
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Last Updated: 11/7/2014
Address: MT
Phone: 406-444-0984
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Services Provided: Most babies are healthy when they are born. Montana tests all babies because a few babies look healthy but have rare health problems. If we find these problems early, we can help prevent serious outcomes like mental retardation or death. For more information see the Montana CSHS Website
Provider Profiles: Linda Beischel, Newborn Screening Coordinator
Laboratory Services Bureau
lbeischel@mt.gov
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Last Updated: 11/7/2014
Address: MT
Phone: 406-444-1216
Fax: 406-444-2750
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Services Provided: The Montana Newborn Hearing Screening and Intervention (NBHSI) Program's goal is to ensure that all infants in Montana are provided with adequate newborn hearing screening services and resources. This is important as early intervention, before the age of six months, prevents permanent language problems. To meet this goal, the NBHSI program follows the 1-3-6 Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) guidelines established by the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. All babies should be screened by one month, those with hearing loss are diagnosed by a qualified pediatric audiologist by three months and receive early intervention services and intervention for their hearing loss by age six months.
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Last Updated: 11/7/2014