|November 19, 2018
Rule Amends Blood Test Requirement for Newborns
[from the Maine Hospital Association's EClips]
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has adopted new requirements for its newborn screening program.
The revised rule, which was released and took effect November 14, amends the requirements for healthcare providers to test for certain congenital genetic disorders, which, if left untreated, can cause intellectual and developmental disability, serious illness or death.
The rule also amends the protocols for collecting and storing newborn bloodspot screening (NBS) specimens and for reporting out-of-range results. It also establishes conditions for releasing NBS samples for research purposes and specifies that parents/legal guardians may request that their child’s residual filter paper specimens be destroyed.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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