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Should I collect a newborn screen before or after a transfusion?

Blood specimens should be collected from newborns between 24 and 48 hours of life. Exceptions to the 24-hour rule:

  • A newborn screen should always be collected prior to transfusion or discharge.
  • Facilities responsible for transferring a newborn are encouraged to collect a newborn screen prior to the transfer.

Testing for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

The Florida Department of Health, Newborn Screening (NBS) Program, is pleased to announce that beginning April 27, 2020, all newborns screened will be tested for a new condition, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). If you have any questions, please contact the