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Scald injury from the Guthrie test: should the heel be warmed?
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    National guidelines on blood sampling for newborn screening
    • Ruth J Stewart, Research Officer
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      • Linda Franck, Pia Hardelid

    Dear Editor

    Hassan and Shah(1) do not mention recently published national policies and standards for newborn blood spot screening (formerly known as the Guthrie test) produced by the Department of Health-funded UK Newborn Screening Programme Centre(2). These include clear guidance on best practices for taking blood spot samples and state that it is not essential for the heel to be warmed prior to the heel puncture. A...

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