COVID19 Updates on Newborn Hearing Screening

Recommendations on Performing Newborn Hearing Screening and Confirmatory Tests during the COVID-19 Pandemic   Follow your hospital’s or institution’s procedural protocols regarding disinfection and attire during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the following are the NHSRC recommendations to ensure the safety of the patient and personnel while performing hearing tests in infants.   RECOMMENDATIONS ON TESTING:   Performing hearing tests in infants are considered non-invasive and non-aerosol producing procedures.  However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic certain precautions will need to be in place to protect the patients, medical and paramedical staff when performing hearing tests on infants.   Timing:   Newborn hearing screening should be performed when the baby is healthy and ready for discharge for hearing screening using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) or Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR). The timing for newborn hearing screening can be maximized to three (3) months, after which confirmatory testing using Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) with or without Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) is advised for those who will have a REFER result.  However, it must be noted that for Philhealth claims, hearing testing should be done within 2 months or 60 days.   For infants born to mothers who are SUSPECTS or COVID-19 positive, testing should be done after the infant becomes COVID-19 negative or before 3 months after birth preferably using Automated Auditory Brainstem Response (AABR) so that no retest will be done if the result is REFER, immediately proceeding to confirmatory testing when needed as previously mentioned. Testing using OAE or AABR can be also be done shortly before discharge provided extra precaution should be employed (see preparation).   Preparation:   Social...

DOH’s COVID Response in Relation to Newborn Hearing Screening

Please read the Department of Health’s response to the COVID Pandemic in relation to the Newborn Hearing Screening Test: Greetings!   In the light of recent events regarding the COVID 19 pandemic and the Luzonwide community quarantine that is being imposed, the Newborn Hearing Screening Reference Center is issuing a recommendation to all Newborn Hearing Centers to DEFER newborn hearing screening as follows:   Initial screening with Otoacoustic Emissions (TEOAE or DPOAE) – 1 to 2 months after birth or Automated Auditory Steady State Response (AABR)   Rescreening with Otoacoustic Emissions (TEOAE or DPOAE) – 2 weeks after initial screening   Confirmatory testing can still be done before 3 months and will still fall within the recommended 1-3-6 month algorithm.   The NHSRC will not be able to supply the Newborn Hearing Screening Registry Cards during the lockdown due to the unavailability of staff to process orders.   We also understand that hearing screening personnel, nurses and doctors may be exposed to COVID 19 and that the risk of infecting infants as well as the risk of further exposure of the personnel to COVID 19 in the birthing facilities far outweighs the benefits of hearing screening before the infant is discharged. Please be guided...

DOH Memorandum on Online Encoding

DEPARTMENT MEMORANDUM NO. 2019-0410 STOP ONLINE ENCODING The Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the Newborn Hearing Screening Reference Center (NHSRC)-National Institute of Health (NIH), UP-Manila, suspended the use of the online registry database. Hence, all facilities are advised to 1) stop encoding their data in this platform and 2) use the updated excel formats starting September 1, 2019. Furthermore, the NHSRC developed two (2) new excel format for reporting: 1) Newborn Hearing Screening Registry Excel Sheet, a hard copy of this report with complete data and results should be kept in the health facility and will be checked during monitoring and evaluation; 2) Monthly Summary Report, a summary of the hearing screening results which will be submitted on or before the 7th day of the succeeding month. All health facilities are also advised to submit an updated Monthly Report Summary from the first day the newborn hearing screening was performed up to the present on November 25,...

Guidelines on How to Download your Facility Report File

Download the excel format here: Click the link below to download the file. Updated Facility Report October 2019 V.3 (199 downloads)   B. How to fill up the registry form? 1. Write the hearing screening facility name as registered in the NHSRC. 2. Write the facility name where your data is collected/obtained? For hearing screening facilities providing the service to multiple birthing facilities please use different excel sheets (MOA sheets) per birthing facilities. 3. Please observe the month you are reporting. 4. Encode the total number of babies born in the facility including those who were not born in your facility but screened in your facility (walk-in clients). 5. Encode the total number of babies screened in the facility including walk-in clients. 6. Encode the total number of babies screened with refer results in both ears (Bilateral Refer). 7. Encode the total number of babies screened with refer result in one ear (Unilateral Refer). 8. Encode the total number of babies screened with ‘Bilateral Pass’ results. 9. Encode the total number of babies with “Not Performed because of deformity on one ear (e.g. Unilateral Microtia). 10. Encode the total number of babies with “Not Performed because of deformity on both ears (e.g. Bilateral Microtia). 11. Encode the total number of babies with ‘Not Performed’ because of refusal. C. How to submit the reports? Reports must be in excel format and must be sent to records@newbornhearingscreening.ph D. When to submit the report/s? Reports of screened babies must be submitted to NHSRC monthly, on or before the 7th day of the succeeding month. The manager must ensure that reports have been sent...

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