October 2014 – New Resource – Improving Newborn Screening in Emergencies

Pediatricians and public health and other leaders can collaborate in their states to prepare for disasters and ensure that newborn screening services are maintained in a disaster situation.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), worked together to create the “Preparedness for Pediatric Practices: Newborn Screening in Emergencies” handout (http://www.aap.org/en-us/Documents/disasters_newborn_screening_handout.pdf). This handout details the newborn screening process and why contingency planning for newborn screening is important during emergencies. Please also see the AAP Newborn Screening during Emergencies Web page (www.aap.org/disasters/screening).

Also, consider viewing the archived AAP/CDC “From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8prNqH2W4I&list=UU7PjTlufhDCfET974TcMWmA) webinar that offers general preparedness strategies and ideas for how pediatricians and their office staff can prepare for disasters. This webinar assists pediatricians and their office staff to take steps to strengthen office practices related to newborn screening and contingency planning.

For additional information, view the AAP/CDC Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices (www.aap.org/disasters/checklist). To order complimentary copies of the Newborn Screening during Emergencies handout or Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices, e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org.

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