It is the goal of the Newborn Screening (NBS) Clinical Care Coordination Program to decrease the morbidity and mortality of infants born in Texas through customer-oriented, high quality newborn screening follow-up, case management and outreach education.
Newborn Screening In-Service Education
Newborn Screening (NBS) in-service education is designed to provide general information on the NBS program, genetic disorders screened for in Texas, specimen collection, the importance of early detection & treatment, and resources available to assist health care providers participating in newborn screening. In-service face-to-face trainings are generally for audiences of 15 or more.
Now available FREE LIVE WEB CONFERENCING
Webinar trainings cover general information on the NBS program and are designed for small to mid-size groups. The webinar is a Web-based presentation that is transmitted over the Web, and allows participants to view attached documents and applications electronically from any PC. During the webinar, the Educator will present information regarding the NBS program, and the webinar format allows for open discussion dialogue and questions.
Please contact Tasha Reese, NBS Educator to schedule in-service education for your organization.
Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease Rules
The Department of State Health Services Newborn Screening Program is developing rules for Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening (CCHD). House Bill 740, 83rd Legislature Regular Session, 2013, added CCHD to the required Texas newborn screening panel.
The Newborn Screening Program is soliciting stakeholder comments and recommendations for the CCHD rules. All comments and suggestions are welcomed and will be considered if received by December 16, 2013. The draft CCHD rules and a draft form to report confirmed cases to the Department can be found here:
Link to the Draft Rules
Link to the Draft Form
Comments and suggestions can be sent in via email to: email@example.com. Please use the term “CCHD Rules” in the subject line.
You may also mail or fax comments to:
Newborn Screening Unit, Texas Department of State Health Services
P. O. Box 149347, Mail Code – 1918
Austin, Texas 78714-9347
Thank you for your support of Newborn Screening in Texas.
Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease in Texas
Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) is one of the leading causes of death in infants less than one-year old. Each year in the United States, 4,800 infants (2/1000 live births) are born with CCHD. Early diagnosis and timely intervention can significantly reduce morbidity and mortality and can lead to better outcomes.
House Bill 740, 83rd Legislature Regular Session, 2013, adds CCHD to the required Texas newborn screening panel. The Department of State Health Services is in the process of developing program rules under the Texas Administrative Code for CCHD screening and will solicit informal and formal stakeholder input into that process.
Birthing facilities, hospitals, and physicians may wish to utilize the link below to access a toolkit developed through the Texas Pulse Oximetry Project. The toolkit provides educational and technical information on screening for CCHD.
NEWBORN SCREENING ADVISORY COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is soliciting applications to fill two positions on the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee. One position is for a physician licensed to practice medicine in the State of Texas; the other position is for a hospital representative. The purpose of the committee is to advise the DSHS regarding strategic planning, policy, rules, and services related to newborn screening and additional newborn screening tests.
More information here.
NBS Grand Rounds: Routine Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) in Healthy Newborns
This presentation by Dr. Elena Ocampo will discuss the rationale for screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) in newborns. Dr. Ocampo will identify and discuss supporting evidence for the use of pulse oximetry in the newborn nursery to detect (CCHD).
Dr. Ocampo is a member of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Section of Pediatric Cardiology. She heads a multidisciplinary group that developed and implemented a feeding protocol in pre and post-operative neonates with congenital heart disease. She is also a part of the Single Ventricle Team and Home Monitoring program for neonates with single ventricles and shunt dependent lesions which aims to improve inter-stage survival, decrease morbidity and improve neurodevelopmental outcomes in these high-risk patients. Dr. Ocampo's research interests include investigation of outcomes of single ventricle congenital heart disease and evaluation of feeding abnormalities in neonates after cardiac surgery.
Newborn Screening Grand Rounds
Presentation Handouts in PDF
If interested in reviewing the recorded webinar, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will send you the link.
Individuals who review the recorded webinar will not receive CEU’s.
The latest Annual Report from TX Early Hearing Detection & Intervention is now available.
Newborn Screening Newsletter - Spring 2013
Texas Department of State Health Services
Newborn Screening Unit
PO Box 149347 MC 1918
Austin, TX 78714-9347
1-800-252-8023 ext. 3957