Newborn screening identifies babies who have an increased chance of having a specific genetic disorder so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. Treatment prevents severe disabilities and in some cases death for many of these disorders. Newborn screening programs are legally mandated and vary from state to state.
Newborn Screening in Utah
In Utah, newborns are screened for a number of metabolic, endocrine, and hemoglobin disorders. Utah also added routine screening for Cystic Fibrosis to its state screening program in January 2009. If you have a newborn with a positive screen, information can be obtained from the Utah State Department of Health’s newborn screening coordinator at (801) 584-8256 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Metabolic Clinic at Primary Children’s Medical Center can be reached at (801) 585-2457. This number also gives information on emergency contacts.
- The Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Primary Children's Medical Center can answer questions about Cystic Fibrosis and related medical issues. The clinic can be reached by calling (801) 662-1000.
While the Clinical Genetics Institute does not provide care for infants with metabolic disorders, we are available to answer questions at (801) 408-8956.