Skip Navigation LinksCollection-Information

Newborn Screening program (nbs)

For Clinicians - Collection Information

GettyImagesNewborn%20Infant%20Sole%20of%20Foot,%20Child,%20Phenylketonuria%20(PKU)%20Test-471120793

Over 99% of the babies born in California are screened. The actual sample of newborn blood is obtained by the second day of life by a heel-stick. State regulations require that the sample be collected between 12 and 48 hours of life, prior to a red blood cell transfusion. If for any reason the newborn screen is collected prior to 12 hours (e.g., transfusion, discharge earlier than 12 hours), a second screen will be required.

​​

NBS Collection Poster

Steps to Collecting the Newborn Screening Specimen 
​​ ​​

NBS Provider Supplies Form

For Hospital & Out-of-Hospital NBS Providers 
​​​​
​​

NBS Inadequate Poster

Top Five Reasons for Inadequate Newborn Screening Heel Stick Specimen
​​ ​​

NBS Transport Log

To be completed by Collection Facility and to Re-order Transport Loigs
​​​​

If you are having difficulty accessing any of these documents or pages please contact CDPH (510) 412-1502 or e-mail nbs@cdph.ca.gov to request the information in an alternate format.​

Page Last Updated :