Perpetual Succor Hospital - Patient - Visitor Guidelines - New Born Screening
What is newborn screening?

Newborn Screening (NBS) is a simple procedure to find out if your baby has a congenital metabolic disorder that may lead to mental retardation or even death if left untreated.

Why is newborn screening important?

Most babies with metabolic disorders look "normal" at birth. By doingNBS, metabolic disorders may be detected even before clinical signs and symptoms are present. And as a result of this, treatment can be given early to prevent consequences of untreated conditions.

When is newborn screening done?

NBS is ideally done on the 48th - 72nd hour of life. However, it may also be done 24 hours from birth.

How is newborn screening done?

A few drops of blood are taken from the baby's heel, blotted on a special absorbent filter card and then sent to Newborn Screening Center (NSC).

Who will collect the sample for newborn screening?

The blood sample for NBS may be collected by the ff: physician, nurse, medical technologist or trained midwife.

Where is newborn screening available?

NBS is available in NICU Department located at 3rd Floor.

» Newborn Screening is included in the Philhealth Newborn Care Package.

How can results be claimed?

Results can be claimed from the health facility where NBS was done. Normal NBS Results are available 7 - 14 working days from the time samples are received at the NSC.

Positive NBS results are relayed to the parents immediately by the health facility. Please ensure that the address and phone number you will provide to the health facility are correct.

What is the meaning of the newborn screening result?

A NEGATIVE SCREEN means that the NewbornScreening result is normal.

A POSITIVE SCREEN means that the newborn must be brought back to his/her health practitioner for further testing.

Why do some babies need to be rested?

Here are some possible reasons for retesting:

» If the sample was taken less than 24 hours from birth.

» If there is a problem with the blood sample.

» If the first test showed a possible health problem.

What should be done when a baby has a positive

Babies with positive results should be referred at once to a specialist for confirmatory testing and further management.

For more details please look "Ms.Cielo Cabalo" of Nicu Department located at the 3rd floor