Arkansas plans to quicken newborns' blood tests

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas health leaders are trying to reduce the time it takes to determine if babies have disorders that require immediate treatment.

The state health board has approved changes to newborn blood-screening regulations. Those rules would require hospitals to send samples to the state laboratory within one business day of collection.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1rhg6kV ) current rules allow hospitals to wait up to 48 hours before sending them.

An Arkansas legislative committee will review the new rules. If approved, the rules will return to the state health board for a final vote.

A health department official says states across the nation are trying to reduce blood screen wait times.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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