Newborn Screening: Bloodspot Training (P.S.D.B.)

JUL 19, 2023
2:00 pm CDT

Course Title: Newborn Screening Part One – Bloodspot Testing 
Trainer: Diane Recker
Timing: 1 hour; Offered One Time Per Semester

Description: The purpose of screening for metabolic and congenital disorders in the newborn period is to enable the early identification of, and intervention for, at-risk individuals in order to prevent or lessen adverse health consequences such as intellectual and physical disability, serious illness, and death, with the overall objective of improving the quality of life for Iowans.

Newborn screening is required by law in Iowa to screen for certain inherited conditions. Babies born in Iowa have small spots of blood collected 24 to 48 hours from birth to be tested for newborn screening.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand what bloodspot newborn screening is,
  2. Why bloodspot newborn screening is so crucial, 
  3. How bloodspot newborn screening is collected, 
  4. How results are communicated, and
  5. Be able to describe this process to your families. 

Competencies Addressed: Infant and Early Childhood Development & Community Resources and Support. 

Reflective Questions:
  1. You are working with a first-time mother, describe the purpose of bloodspot testing as if you were talking to her. 
  2. A family that you have been working with shares that their new baby is at risk for a physical delay, as indicated by their bloodspot testing results. What services or referrals would you recommend in your community to support this child, family unit, etc.? 

Event Details

WHEN July 19, 2023 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm CDT

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