How is the blood spot screening collected?

At 24-48 hours of age the newborn's heel is warmed and then pricked.  A few drops of blood are put on a special filter paper and sent by courier or mailed to the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory (MSPHL).

If your baby is born at home, your health care provider should collect the blood spot screening.  If not, you need to make an appointment with your baby's doctor to have a newborn blood spot screening test collected.  Ideally, this test should be done at 24 – 48 hours after birth.

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