Here are some helpful newborn screening resources and forms for your practice.
Newborn Screening Manual: A Guide for Newborn Care Providers
Newborn Screening Ontario (NSO) developed a Newborn Screening Manual as a comprehensive guide for you to ensure that all infants born in Ontario have a high quality newborn screen completed. This manual outlines recommended practices in newborn screening and addresses common questions about screening practices.
Most of your questions can be answered in the most recent version of the Newborn Screening Manual (2018), which can be accessed here: Newborn Screening Manual: A Guide for Newborn Care Providers.
Please contact us if you wish to order a print version of this resource.
Screening and Shipping Tools
The following tools will help you perform newborn screening through dried blood spot specimen collection and ship the sample to NSO.
|Saturday delivery labels||
|Decline/Defer Form||Form to be completed when parents/guardians decline newborn screening.|
Educational Resources for Health Care Providers
The following resources can be used when training staff involved with newborn screening.
|What Makes a Satisfactory Newborn Screen?||
Module outlining steps to collect a satisfactory newborn screening sample.
|Dried Blood Spot Collection Tip Sheet||
A one-page tip sheet outlining the steps to obtain a newborn screening sample.
|Video: Newborn Screening Sample Collection||Video outlining best practices for newborn screening sample collection in Ontario.|
Recommendations for newborn screening sample collection in infants who require a Packed Red Blood Cell (PRBC) or other red blood cell transfusion.
|Tip Sheet: Transfusions and Newborn Screening Sample Collection||Recommendations for newborn screening sample collection in infants who require a Packed Red Blood Cell (PRBC) or other red blood cell transfusion.|
|Video: Total parenteral nutrition (TPN) holds||Recommendations for TPN holds prior to the collection of newborn screening specimens|
Educational Resources for Parents/Guardians
The following resources can assist with educating parents/guardians around newborn screening.
|Prematurity Information Sheet||
For parents of newborns born significantly premature or very low birth weight.
|Transfusion Information Sheet||
For parents of transfused babies.
Other Forms and Resources
|Video: Accessing newborn screening results in OLIS||
A recorded webinar discussing the provincial Clinical Viewers, OLIS, and how to set these up to access newborn screening results in a timely manner.
Link to set up OLIS access: ConnectingOntario ClinicalViewer | eHealth Ontario | It's Working For You
|Sickle Cell Disease Carrier Results Request Form||
|Proof of Guardianship||
|Destruction/Return of a Dried Blood Spot Sample Form|
|Requisition for Post-Mortem Sample Analysis (Blood/Bile)|