Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Screening for Premature Infants Quality Improvement Project

Date: September 17, 2020 1:00 pm EDT

APHL, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin, is in the early stages of planning a National Surveillance Project on SCID NBS in Premature Infants. Through this project, we hope to evaluate characteristics and outcomes of SCID screening in premature infants among multiple state newborn screening programs and to identify best practices in handling and providing recommendations for presumptive positive SCID NBS results based on different gestational age or birthweight groups. The success of this proposed project will result in strategies that could reduce the unnecessary follow-up activities associated with false positive SCID screening results due to prematurity.

We invite all NBS programs to join us for a webinar that will share more information about this project, including an overview of the de-identified case level and the aggregate level data elements we will be collecting.

Please feel free to reach out to Ruthanne Sheller ( with any questions related to the quality improvement project or Enhancement of SCID Newborn Screening RFP.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2.97 million with 0% percentage financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.