Quality Indicators

Quality Indicator 2: Percent of dried blood spot specimens with at least one missing state-defined essential data field1 upon receipt at the lab

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Purpose: To identify the number of submitted dried blood spot specimens missing at least one state-defined essential data field1 upon receipt at the lab, which may delay the testing of a specimen and reporting of results, causing potential harm to the newborn and requiring additional work for laboratory personnel to acquire the missing information.

Screening Data for Denominator: Number of dried blood spot specimens received at your state's newborn screening laboratory. This should include first and subsequent specimens.2

Footnotes:

  1. A list of data fields considered essential information pulled from the Emergency NBS Collection Card developed by the Association of Public Health Laboratories Quality Assurance/ Quality Control Subcommittee can be found in Appendix A: Glossary of Terms of the QI Source Document.  
  2. This includes multiple specimens collected from a single newborn, but not monitoring specimens (e.g. PKU monitoring)