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Program:Genetics and Genomics
Test Name:Newborn Metabolic Screen, blood (G&G North UAH)
Test Code:NMS
Performing Site: University of Alberta Hospital
Performing Dept:Newborn Metabolic Screen & Biochemical Genetics
Availability:Test performed Monday to Saturday
TAT:4 days
Preferred Tube/Container:Newborn Metabolic Screening Blood Spot Requisition (card)
Specimen Requirements:
  1. Ensure that expiry date of Newborn Metabolic Screening card (requisition) has not been exceeded before proceeding with collection.
  2. Collect five saturated blood spots on the Newborn Metabolic Screening card.
Specimen Processing:After collection, dry NMS card for a minimum of 3 hours with protective card flap folded back before shipping.
All information on the Newborn Metabolic Screening card (requisition) must be completed to ensure a valid screen result.
Specimen Handling:Ship at ambient temperature.
Additional Information:Routinely performed on all newborns at 24 hours - 3 days of age. However, if a screen has not been collected in this time frame it is still important that a sample is collected.
Indications:Babies born in Alberta are screened for the following disorders:
  • Amino Acid disorders: PKU, MSUD, CIT, Tyr
  • Fatty Acid Oxidation disorders: MCAD, LCHAD, VLCAD, CUD, TFP
  • Organic Acid disorders: MMA, PA, IVA, GA1, HMG, BIOT
  • Endocrine disorders: CH, CAH
  • Cystic Fibrosis: CF
  • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency: SCID
  • Galactosemia
  • Sickle Cell Disease: SCD
For additional information see website www.health.alberta.ca. Select tab For Health Professionals, Resources link, Newborn Metabolic Screening link.
Critical Value:Please contact laboratory for information on decision criteria for each disorder
Comments:Data Entry:
NMS Laboratory enters all requisitions into Specimen Gate as test is not ordered in the LIS.
Reporting Information:
Hard copy reports are distributed to physician offices and the birth facility. Results are available electronically on Alberta Netcare, and most physician office systems.
Last Updated On:Friday, April 5, 2019
Date of Last Review:Jan 2 2018 12:00AM