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609-13 Ensuring the Quality of Blood Spots Collected From Newborns

Event Code: 588-609-13
Event Type: Webinar


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Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute

Program Date
November 21, 2013 

Program Time
1:00-2:00 PM (ET)

Registration Fee
$195.00/site includes one connection to the live webinar plus unlimited access to the archived webcast for six months.

Registration Deadline
November 19, 2013

A high-quality blood spot specimen is critical for newborn screening to detect and treat the recommended congenital conditions. This webinar will highlight the updates and changes presented in CLSI document NBS01-A6.

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of obtaining a quality specimen on collection devices (cards) from multiple blood sources.
  • Describe the ways to collect high-quality newborn blood spot specimens for testing. 
  • Discuss strategies for handling less-than-ideal quality specimens.
  • Address the requirements for specimen handling, shipping, retention, and storage.
  • Discuss pain management techniques associated with the collection of blood spot specimens.
Victor R. De Jesús, PhD
Chief, Biochemical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Newborn Screening and Molecular Biology Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA
W. Harry Hannon, PhD
Consultant and Emeritus (Retired) Chief, Newborn Screening Branch, CDC, Buford, GA

Who Should Attend
This intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory, nursing and other professionals working in newborn screening.

Continuing Education Credit
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. Participants who successfully complete each program will be awarded 1.0 contact hours. P.A.C.E.® is accepted by all licensure states except Florida. APHL is a Florida approved CE provider; each course has been approved for 1.0 contact hours for Florida Laboratory Licensees.
To receive continuing education credit, you must view the program and complete the online evaluation by May 21, 2013.

Site Registration
Registration fee per site: $195.00 includes one connection to the live webinar plus unlimited access to the archived webcast for six months. If additional connections are used for the live program, an additional program fee will be billed to you. Contact the registrar (240.485.2727) if you need to register multiple sites.
Please note: You will be automatically registered for the online archived version if your payment is received after the registration deadline.

Select a site facilitator. This needs to be someone who can receive all communication via e-mail.

Site facilitator must register.

If you have difficulty with the online registration process, please e-mail or call 240.485.2727 between 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (ET). After your facility's registration is confirmed, the site facilitator will receive all necessary instructions and paperwork via e-mail.

You may pay online using a credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please request a registration form from the APHL Registrar at 240.485.2727. Send a check made out to "APHL" to APHL Registrar PO Box 79117, Baltimore, MD, 21279-0117. Be sure to attach a registration form and include the number of the course on the check. If no registration form is received your check will be deposited but you may not be registered for the course or get a confirmation notice. We do not accept purchase orders. We are unable to offer refunds for cancellations.

Special Needs Information
Individuals seeking special accommodations should submit their request in writing to Please allow sufficient time for APHL / NLTN to make arrangements, which is normally at least three weeks prior to start date of the course. For more information call 800.536.6586 / 800.536.NLTN.


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