Newborn Bloodspot Screening (NBS)

This online course is designed to provide learners with an overview of the newborn bloodspot screening (heel prick test) collection process in Queensland.

Topics covered include:

  • what is newborn bloodspot screening and why it is important
  • what conditions are detected from the NBS test
  • indications and contraindications of bloodspot screening
  • roles and responsibility 
  • how to perform a heel prick test and collect a quality sample
  • how to submit samples for testing

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Guides and other tools

NBS Clinical Skill Assesssment Tool (CSAT) - PDF 239KB, 4 pages

An assessment tool that is used to test the participant's competency to correctly perform a heel prick for the collection of blood for a Newborn Screen test.