The Opportunity As a member of the Newborn Screening Disorder Follow- up team, you will positively impact the lives of families throughout Washington State by identifying infants with treatable disorders. You will help assure the effectiveness of newborn screening by interpreting laboratory results, making specific recommendations to pediatric health care providers for appropriate follow-up of abnormal results, and providing assistance and support to hospitals and clinics regarding proper newborn screening procedures. The Office of Newborn Screening (NBS) tests all infants born in Washington for a number of rare but treatable disorders using a dried blood spot specimen. Infants with these disorders usually appear healthy at birth and, without screening, the disorders are not likely to be detected and treated in time to prevent death or severe disability. Newborn screening is one of the most successful public health initiatives in the USA. Babies with these disorders can have serious health problems, but screening and early treatment can help our youngest Washingtonians grow up healthy!
This is a permanent, full-time position within the Division of Disease Control and Health Statistics.
What will you be doing? – Duties include: +Manages the casework of all abnormal results and assures that proper medical care is taken for each baby.
+Reviews abnormal screening results and decides the appropriate follow-up action(s), taking into account analyte levels, demographic information and previous specimens.
+Reports result to the child's health care provider and facilitates diagnostic testing.
+Works with clinic, midwife and hospital staff to make sure subsequent specimens are submitted for babies with borderline or equivocal test results.
+Maintains disorder-specific databases to monitor positive screening results and their outcomes.
+Assists in program planning and evaluation of health service delivery product.
+Develops and implements health policies and procedures.
+Participates as part of the DOH emergency response team during health emergencies and training events.