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Information About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has activated a statewide informational hotline at 1-800-270-7268. Telephone calls are answered from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily.  In addition, a toll-free phone line is available for information about COVID-19 testing sites and hours of operation at 1-888-264-2256. Callers will be asked for their zip code to help locate the site nearest them. For additional information and resources, please visit Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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Alabama Hospitals Recognized

Congratulations to the following hospitals for their outstanding effort in newborn screening specimen collection. They had 5% or less unsatisfactory newborn screening specimens during the month shown below. Their efforts set the gold standard for other facilities participating in newborn screening across the state.

April 2020

  • Decatur Morgan Parkway Campus
  • DeKalb Regional Medical Center
  • D. W. McMillan Hospital
  • Helen Keller Hospital
  • Huntsville Hospital
  • Madison Hospital
  • Marshall Medical 
  • Monroe County Hospital
  • Russell Medical Center
  • UAB Hospital

In addition, the following hospital was within 1-2% of reaching their goal:

  • Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center

Newborn Screening Mobile Applications Available

There are several free mobile applications available for newborn screening providers and parents. One app available for medical providers is through the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). This app allows users to access ACT Sheets, which provide short term actions a health care provider should follow in communicating with the family and determining the appropriate steps in the follow-up of an infant with a positive newborn screening result.

Another new mobile app is available and provided as a free service by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to aid health care professionals in screening for critical congenital heart disease. A website version of this application is available at Pulse Ox Tool. The algorithm in this application is used under a license granted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and was recommended by Kemper et al. in "Strategies for Implementing Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease." (Pediatrics.2011;128(5):e1259-67). This is the same algorithm recommended in Alabama and found in the Hospital Guidelines for Implementing Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease. These general clinical guidelines are provided for use by healthcare professionals in evaluating treatment options. They are not a substitute for individual professional judgment.Grayson Ethridge

Family Highlight: Newborn Screening Saved My Baby's Life

First time parents Kyle and Leslie Ethridge had an uneventful pregnancy and birth of their first child Grayson in December 2012. Grayson was evaluated by his pediatrician after delivery, and the new parents were told everything was fine. The night before they were scheduled to leave the hospital the nurse took Grayson for routine vital signs and also performed the pulse oximetry screen, which revealed a 97% oxygen saturation in his right hand and a 87% oxygen saturation in his foot.

Grayson was quickly transferred to Baptist Medical Center South and then flown to Birmingham for open heart surgery. He was diagnosed with ventricular/atrial septal defect and an interrupted aortic arch. Grayson sees a pediatric cardiologist on a regular basis and has had superb news every visit. According to Mrs. Ethridge, "Family, friends, and faith kept us sane during this trial. We have come out stronger and are very proactive in raising awareness for pulse ox screening to detect congenital heart defects. Newborn screening saved my baby's life."

Alabama Newborn Screening Conferences

Newborn Screening Newsletters

Although there are no new issues available, you may view all past issues of the Newborn Screening Newsletter.





Page last updated: May 22, 2020