DAVID L. LAKEY, M.D.
1100 W. 49th Street • Austin, Texas 78756
P.O. Box 149347 • Austin, TX 78714-9347
1-888-963-7111 • http://www.dshs.state.tx.us
July 29, 2009
Dear Newborn Screening Provider:
RE: New Requirements for Physicians or Persons Attending the Birth of a Newborn
The Newborn Screening Program would like to inform newborn screening providers of additional requirements when collecting newborn screening specimens. House Bill 1672 (81st Legislative Session) [see Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 33.011 (a) - (d)] requires that the physician or person attending the birth of a newborn child provide the parent, managing conservator or legal guardian of the newborn child information on the uses of the newborn screening bloodspot card* after completion of testing and a method to request the destruction of the bloodspot card(s) after testing if they so choose. A new form titled “Use and Storage of Newborn Screening Bloodspot Cards”; #F14-13230 has been developed to provide the necessary information and is available for immediate distribution.
The legislation also requires the Department of State Health Service (DSHS) to establish procedures for the physician or person attending the birth of a newborn child to provide verification to DSHS that the information noted above has been given to the parent, managing conservator or legal guardian. Procedures to address the new requirements are described below.
Beginning August 1, 2009, the following procedures will be effective:
The parent, managing conservator or legal guardian must
be given a copy of the new disclosure form (enclosed). A master copy of the form will be provided with new orders of the newborn screening collection kits, and you will need to make copies of the form for distribution. The form is also available in English and Spanish on the NBS web site at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lab/NBSdestructionDirective.pdf
The physician or birth attendant must
verify that the disclosure form was provided to the parent, managing conservator or legal guardian by checking off the box on the yellow label on the demographic data sheet (white copy) of the newborn screening collection kit. Labels will be provided on new orders of collection kits. However, you must affix the label to any collection kits already in stock. (For further detail, please see the enclosed instructions.) To obtain the new labels, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and include the quantity of labels requested, the NBS submitter ID number, and your shipping address.
The newborn screening collection kit is being modified to include information for parents, managing conservators and legal guardians, and a place for physicians or the person attending the birth will be added to acknowledge the information was shared with them. Distribution is expected to begin in approximately March 2010.
Please refer to the enclosed instructions for additional details. If you have any other questions and/or comments, please contact Newborn Screening Group at 1-888-963-7111 ext. 7333. Thank you for caring for the infants in Texas.
Susan U. Neill, PhD, MBA
Director, Laboratory Services Section
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