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Florida Infant Risk Screening Tool


State/Jurisdiction: Florida
Setting: Clinical
Population: Perinatal/Infant Health,
Topic Area: Health Screening & Promotion,
NPMs: NA

The Florida Infant Risk Screening Tool is offered to the parents of every newborn in Florida and about 95% of the parents choose to have the screening completed. The screening is based on data from the birth certificate and is performed before the infant leaves the hospital. Infants who screen as being at an increased risk of post neonatal death are referred to infant health care providers for enhanced services directed at reducing the risk. The Infant Risk Screening Tool has been successful as a screening instrument and has demonstrated that data on the birth certificate can be used to effectively identify infants that have a higher risk of death within the post neonatal period.


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Florida Department of Health
Dan Thompson
dan.thompson@flhealth.gov

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