What will be tested?
Utah has one of the most progressive newborn screening programs. Utah regularly adds disorders that meet state requirements, such as, the disorder must have an available screening method, successful treatment options, and a necessity for early diagnosis for successful treatment. Every year, approximately 1 out of every 300 infants screened will have the chance to live a healthy and independent life because of early diagnosis through our newborn screening program.
In 1965, Utah began screening for one disorder – PKU. Currently Utah screens for over 40 disorders. Blood sample cards are sent to the Utah Public Health Laboratory for testing. All newborns are also required to receive Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) testing and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) while in the hospital.