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Newborn Screening Program adds hours, helps providers improve critical processes

Ensuring Colorado’s tiniest citizens are treated for rare and sometimes deadly conditions is an intricate dance. Time is critical, and the department’s Newborn Screening Program is taking steps to ensure our state’s performance is excellent.
 
Starting April 4, the lab will be open on Saturdays, which means newborns’ “heel stick” tests will be processed on Saturdays and lab personnel will be back on Sundays to check the results. By the time a baby shows symptoms of certain disorders, damage to the infant’s health may have already occurred. The expanded schedule will ensure providers and parents of babies who may have these time-critical disorders are notified as quickly as possible.
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