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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin hospitals sent newborn blood samples late; state fought to keep their performance hidden

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Dozens of hospitals across Wisconsin are failing to promptly send babies' blood samples to the state lab for testing, delaying potentially lifesaving treatment for newborns with rare yet deadly disorders, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation has found.

One year of data analyzed by the Journal Sentinel shows that nearly 1,800 blood samples from newborns took five or more days to arrive at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, where they are screened for a variety of genetic conditions. Some of these conditions can be deadly or cause serious problems in a baby's first few days of life.

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