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Whose responsibility is it to advise the parents about the screen?

The health care provider after birth should inform parents or guardians of the type of screening being completed, how it is obtained, the nature of the conditions being screened for, and the consequences of treatment and non-treatment prior to completion of any part of newborn screening. 

The newborn’s primary care provider is responsible for reviewing results of all newborn patients. This responsibility includes following up on any abnormal screening results.    


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