Newborn Screening Laboratory

Newborn screening (NBS) is a public health population based screening system designed to detect and treat infants with special needs who have certain hematologic, endocrine or metabolic disorders. The goal of newborn screening is to eliminate or reduce mortality, morbidity and disabilities that result from the disorders included in the screening panel through early detection and treatment. Early detection of these disorders can prevent the infant from having seizures, physical disabilities, mental retardation, chronic illness or death. By obtaining a few drops of blood from an infant's heel, tests are performed to help find the conditions so treatment can begin early and prevent these effects.

As of July 1, 2007, Louisiana is screening for all disorders recommended by the American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG). For more information on Newborn Screening, please click on the links below:

Acquiring Newborn Screening Results

Secure Remote Viewer (SRV) Electronic Lab Results Registration - September 27, 2018

Effective immediately, the OPH state laboratory will no longer send out physical copies of Newborn Screening lab results to providers. Medical providers will be able to view the Newborn Screening lab results through our Secured Remote Viewer Web Based System (SRV). Please fill out the registration form and fax it to 504-568-8253. Instructions on accessing SRV can be found here.

***NOTICE: The Policy for Early Collection and Blood Transfusion Collection has changed. Please click here for more details

For more information, please contact the NBS lab at 225-219-5206.