Screening-
Neonatale Switzerland

Interesting facts for parents and professionals.

Birth

The big event is about to occur: the birth of your child, which you have carried under your heart for nine months now.

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Taking a blood sample

On the 4th day of life, several drops of blood are taken from the child’s heel and sent to the screening lab in Zurich on a filter paper card.

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Analysis

Within the screening lab, the blood is examined for ten hormonal and metabolic diseases using the latest technology and methods.

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Notification

The results are available within 1-3 days after receipt of the card. The parents will be contacted by the respective specialist or the maternity clinic/midwife only in the event ofsuspicious findings, so that additional investigations can be arranged.

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Statistics

The number of samples of newborns routinely examined varies between 80 000 and 85 000 per year.

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