May 302014

The Little Colorado Medical Center in Winslow has been noted as one of the hospitals in the country that has improved in submitting newborn blood tests in a timely fashion for screening. The screening is a way to identify babies that might need early treatment to prevent or minimize serious issues like growth problems, brain damage and death.

An article published in The Arizona Republic earlier this week reported that LCMC has changed its practice and is sending out samples daily to the Arizona Public Health Laboratory. The hospital now averages 2.75 days to send samples to the lab.

An investigation last year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel found hospitals across the country were sending samples past the time frame required for optimal screening, and LCMC was reported to have some of the highest percentage of delayed samples from 2008 to 2013, with a majority of the screening being submitted past the optimal limit.