Ten-year quality assurance of the nationwide hearing screening programme in Dutch neonatal intensive care units.
SourceActa Paediatrica, 100, 8, (2011), pp. 1097-1103
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Paediatrics - OUD tm 2017
SubjectIGMD 1: Functional imaging
AIM: To evaluate 10-year quality assurance of newborn hearing screening (NHS) in Dutch neonatal intensive care units (NICU). METHODS: Results of the two-stage automated auditory brainstem response (AABR) screening and diagnostic examination in NICU graduates were centrally registered between October 1998 and December 2008. This registration facilitates screening, tracking and follow-up after abnormal screening results. Outcome measures are referral rates, prevalence rate of hearing loss and (trends of) coverage rates and timeliness of follow-up. RESULTS: Thirty-two thousand one hundred and two infants have been screened. Referral rates were 9.2% at the first and 26.3% at the second stage. Hearing loss was diagnosed in 728 infants (2.2%). Coverage rates were 98.7% at the first, 92.1% at the second stage, 92.3% for the diagnostic examination and 97.9% for the complete programme. After correction for gestational age, 95.8% of the infants had their first AABR<1 month, 81.8% of the referred infants had their second AABR<6 weeks and 67.1% were diagnosed<3 months. There was a positive trend in referred infants that had their second AABR<6 weeks (p=0.004) as well as in infants diagnosed<3 months (p<0.001).
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