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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 71. Regulations Governing Virginia Newborn Screening Services

12VAC5-71-90. Responsibilities of the chief executive officer.

The chief executive officer shall assure that the hospital providing birthing services develops and implements policies and procedures to make certain that the following steps take place:

1. Collection of newborn dried-blood-spot screening specimens shall occur after 24 hours of birth, and collection and submission of the specimens shall meet the standards required by the testing laboratory;

2. Notification of the newborn's physician of record or designee shall occur within one business day in the event that the infant is discharged before the newborn dried-blood-spot screening specimen has been collected;

3. Communication of the newborn dried-blood-spot screening test results to the newborn's physician of record or designee shall occur so that test results may become part of the infant's medical record on file with the physician;

4. The newborn screening dried-blood-spot results and treatment shall be recorded in the patient's medical record, and retention of the information shall comply with applicable medical record retention requirements; and

5. Training of staff on newborn dried-blood-spot screening specimen collection and submission and parental notification shall be implemented in a way that ensures an adequately trained and knowledgeable workforce is maintained for implementing specimen collection and submission and parental notification according to standards required by the testing laboratory and guidance from the department.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-67 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 13, eff. April 4, 2007; amended, Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 7, eff. January 24, 2014.

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