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A recent study done by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel examined delays in newborn blood screening tests for hospitals across the US. The reported results found that only 13% of the babies' samples met the Federal requirements for timely and accurate completion. Failur to supply basic blood test results back to anxious parents and Grandparents in a timely manner is embarrassing for American Hospitals. Improvements appear to be easy to implement, and I would like to see AARP take up the cause.The article had the following questions for parents and grandparents to ask:
- When will the blood sample on my newborn be taken (within 24 hrs?)
- Will the sample be sent to the Lab today? Somne wait a week to be sent in a batch.
- How will the blodd sample be sent to the Lab?
- How will we find out if my child (or grandchild) tests positive for a condition that needs immediate treatment?
- Does the Lab process samples on the weekend? Many do NOT which delays results for newborns born on a Thursday or Friday.
Larger questio: Does AARP have a checklist of questions for Grandparents to ask to help their grandchildren and their parents start out right? If not, shouldn't we.