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PHOM Indicator Report of Newborn Heelstick Screening

Why Is This Important?

Screening of newborns for genetic disorders and disabling conditions facilitates early entry into comprehensive care programs, which can improve quality of life, avoid disability, and save lives.

Newborn Screening Statute

Newborn Sreening Rule

Percentage of Newborns Screened, Utah, 1994-2013

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Data Sources

  • Utah Department of Health Data Warehouse
  • Newborn Screening Program Data - LabWare

Risk Factors

Risk factors for genetic conditions include family history.

Women who have PKU and become pregnant have increased risks for their baby (microcephaly and cardiac problems). The women need tight control of their phenylalanine levels before becoming pregnant, as well as during their pregnancy.

How Are We Doing?

Utah is compliant with the national recommendations for screening disorders and March of Dimes recommendations.

During the next decade, genetic technology will dramatically increase the potential to screen newborns for inherited diseases. Significant future policy decisions will include the means to pay for the prevention services made possible through such emerging technology.

What Is Being Done?

The UDOH Division of Family Health and Preparedness oversees newborn heelstick screening in Utah.

Healthy People Objective MICH-32:

Increase appropriate newborn blood-spot screening and followup testing
U.S. Target: Not applicable, see subobjectives in this category

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 10/16/2014

Other Views

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Content updated: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:58:08 MST