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WA Newborn Screening Program

Mail the sample cards on day of collection (or within 24 hours) to the screening program using the preprinted envelopes provided.

  • If stacking several cards for mailing then do not directly place one blood spot on top of another as this can cause contamination; rotate each card in the stack to alternate the collection areas.
  • Place the cards inside a protective paper cover before they are placed in the envelope. These covers are provided with the envelopes. If one is not readily available then wrap a sheet of clean white paper around the cards. Ensure the blood spots are completely covered.
  • There is minimal risk of infection from dried-blood samples. However, it is recommended that the sample cards be protected by a double layer of covering to ensure the samples remain sealed and well protected during mailing.

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