News and Events
Information About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has activated a statewide informational hotline at 1-800-270-7268. Telephone calls are answered from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily. In addition, a toll-free phone line is available for information about COVID-19 testing sites and hours of operation at 1-888-264-2256. Callers will be asked for their zip code to help locate the site nearest them. For additional information and resources, please visit the ADPH's COVID-19 page.
Please see the following link for more information and resources on COVID-19:
- American Academy of Pediatrics FAQs: Management of Infants Born to COVID-19 Mothers
- COVID-19 and Pregnancy
- Emergency Preparedness Resources for Genetic Providers and Patients
Alabama Hospitals Recognized
Congratulations to the following hospitals for their outstanding effort in newborn screening specimen collection. They had 5% or less unsatisfactory newborn screening specimens during the month shown below. Their efforts set the gold standard for other facilities participating in newborn screening across the state.
- Baptist Medical Center Princeton
- Decatur Morgan Hospital Parkway Campus
- DeKalb Regional Medical Center
- Huntsville Hospital
- Jackson Hospital
- Marshall Medical Center North
- Monroe County Hospital
- North Baldwin Hospital
- Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center
- Russell Medical Center
- Thomas Hospital
In addition, the following hospitals were within 1-2% of reaching the goal:
- Decatur Morgan Hospital
- DCH Regional Medical Center
- Helen Keller Hospital
- Shelby Baptist Medical Center
- UAB Hospital
Newborn Screening Mobile Applications Available
There are several free mobile applications available for newborn screening providers and parents. One app available for medical providers is through the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). This app allows users to access ACT Sheets, which provide short term actions a health care provider should follow in communicating with the family and determining the appropriate steps in the follow-up of an infant with a positive newborn screening result.
Another new mobile app is available and provided as a free service by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to aid health care professionals in screening for critical congenital heart disease. A website version of this application is available at Pulse Ox Tool. The algorithm in this application is used under a license granted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and was recommended by Kemper et al. in "Strategies for Implementing Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease." (Pediatrics.2011;128(5):e1259-67). This is the same algorithm recommended in Alabama and found in the Hospital Guidelines for Implementing Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease. These general clinical guidelines are provided for use by healthcare professionals in evaluating treatment options. They are not a substitute for individual professional judgment.
Family Highlight: Newborn Screening Saved My Baby's Life
First time parents Kyle and Leslie Ethridge had an uneventful pregnancy and birth of their first child Grayson in December 2012. Grayson was evaluated by his pediatrician after delivery, and the new parents were told everything was fine. The night before they were scheduled to leave the hospital the nurse took Grayson for routine vital signs and also performed the pulse oximetry screen, which revealed a 97% oxygen saturation in his right hand and a 87% oxygen saturation in his foot.
Grayson was quickly transferred to Baptist Medical Center South and then flown to Birmingham for open heart surgery. He was diagnosed with ventricular/atrial septal defect and an interrupted aortic arch. Grayson sees a pediatric cardiologist on a regular basis and has had superb news every visit. According to Mrs. Ethridge, "Family, friends, and faith kept us sane during this trial. We have come out stronger and are very proactive in raising awareness for pulse ox screening to detect congenital heart defects. Newborn screening saved my baby's life."
Alabama Newborn Screening Conferences
- 2011 Newborn Screening Conference - Family Perspectives
- 2015 Newborn Screening Conference
- 2017 Newborn Screening Conference
Newborn Screening Newsletters
Although there are no new issues available, you may view all past issues of the Newborn Screening Newsletter.
Page last updated: April 6, 2020