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27 June, 2011

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An educational leaflet has been published by the UK Newborn Screening Programme Centre to improve the quality of the blood spot card. Posted 27 June 2011, by Louise Hunt


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An educational leaflet has been published by the UK Newborn Screening Programme Centre to improve the quality of the blood spot card.

It follows incident reports to the Newborn Blood Spot Screening Programme that have highlighted serious concerns in relation to techniques sometimes used in taking the blood spot sample by heel prick. These include adult haemoglobin on the blood spot card due to deliberate contamination by the sample collector, warming the foot with hot water or a hairdryer, which has resulted in severe burns and compressing the blood spot to give the impression the blood has soaked fully through the card – which can invalidate results.

The leaflet is part of the centre’s ‘Once is Enough’ campaign, which aims to reduce the number of avoidable repeat blood spot tests and to help healthcare professionals get a good quality sample first time. It also reinforces the use of the baby’s NHS number on every sample taken.


 
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