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Test ID: SNS    
Supplemental Newborn Screen, Blood Spot

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Whole blood

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Patient must be >24 hours and <1 week of age. A repeat specimen is required within 1 week of birth for infants <24 hours old.

 

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Local Newborn Screening Card

Acceptable: Whatman Protein Saver 903 Paper and Ahlstrom 226 filter paper

Specimen Volume: 3 Blood spots

Collection Instructions:

1. Do not use device or capillary tube containing EDTA to collect specimen.

2. At least 1 spot should be complete, ie, unpunched.

3. Do not expose specimen to heat or direct sunlight.

4. Do not stack wet specimens.

5. Keep specimen dry.

6. If collection of a new specimen is necessary, let blood dry on the Supplemental Newborn Screen Card (Supply T493) at ambient temperature in a horizontal position for 3 hours.

Additional Information: Patient education brochures in English (Supply T523) and Spanish (Supply T535) are available upon request.

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

Blood Spots: 1

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
Whole bloodAmbient (preferred)
 Frozen 
 Refrigerated