Texas Newborn Screening Specimen Collection Resources

Date: November 25, 2019

The Texas Department of State Health Services has developed the following resources in regard to specimen collection: 

  • This video (5 minutes) demostrates the proper procedure for collection a newborn screen specimen. It also provides a few collection tips and shows some things to avoid. 
  • This video (5 minutes) reviews how to properly complete each section of the bloodspot collection kit. Incorrect or missing information can cause delays, specimen rejection or incorrect evaluation of test results. 
  • This video (5 minutes) reviews the process for preparing and shipping specimens to the state laboratory. Timely submission of the bloodspot kit is as important as completing the kit correctly and obtaining a good quality specimen. 

Learn more about Texas newborn screening at www.dshs.texas.gov/newborn