Ten-year quality assurance of the nationwide hearing screening programme in Dutch neonatal intensive care units

Dutch NICU Neonatal Hearing Screening Working Group, A.W. Gavilanes

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To evaluate 10-year quality assurance of newborn hearing screening (NHS) in Dutch neonatal intensive care units (NICU).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.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
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1097-1103
JournalActa Paediatrica
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • Hearing
  • Newborn
  • Quality
  • Screening
  • Trend

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