Newborn screening blood spot collection online training tool

Whether you are a medical lab assistant, a nurse, or a midwife, you are an integral part of the newborn screening team. The online module will help you prepare to take blood collections and covers topics such as equipment, techniques, and supporting families. The intent is to help new staff learn about the newborn screening process, and be a refresher for existing staff. With staff all over BC successfully completing this course, the primary goals are to improve the blood spot card quality and to reduce the need for repeat collection. The secondary goals are to reduce procedural pain and support breastfeeding and the Baby-Friendly Initiative.

This online training tool is a quality improvement initiative developed by the BC Newborn Screening Program in collaboration with BC Women's Hospital, BC Children's Hospital, BC Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Childhealth BC, and Perinatal Services BC. Special acknowledgements and thank you to the families who participated with interviews, photography, and filming as part of this production.

30 minutes

Contact Info

Julie MacFarlane, Provincial Lead, Screening Programs
BC Newborn Screening Program
Perinatal Services BC, an Agency of PHSA

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