Title: 'Parental Satisfaction with Rooming-In Newborn Hearing Screening Services '
Track: 9 - Program Evaluation and Quality Improvement
Keyword(s): Rooming-In, Newborn Hearing Screening, Satisfaction
Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain the family benefits of providing in room hearing screenings.


Rooming-in, the practice of keeping newborn infants in the mother’s room instead of in a nursery, has been shown to provide numerous benefits to families and babies, including improved sleep, better bonding, and more successful breastfeeding with increases in frequency and duration of nursing. In 2013, the Newborn Nurseries at BIDMC began to expand rooming-in services to promote a more family-centered environment. Previously, the BIDMC Hearing Screening Program performed all screenings in the nursery, transporting infants out of parent rooms for 10-20 minutes while conducting the screen. In support of the rooming-in initiative, the BIDMC audiology technicians started performing screenings in the post-partum rooms in May 2013. To measure the success of this change, parents were asked to complete a short survey rating their level of satisfaction with several aspects of the program using a 5-point Likert scale (1=Not at all Satisfied; 5=Extremely Satisfied). We collected surveys from two groups of parents: those with infants screened in the nursery (n=103) and those with infants screened in the mother’s room (n=98). The families with rooming-in screenings were more satisfied with: the information they received prior to screening (p=.0004), the test process (p<.0001), and the overall program (p<.0001). Further investigation of refer rates, length of testing, and myogenic noise measurements in both environments showed significant increases in test time and myogenic noise levels, but no change in test results. We anticipate that this information will be helpful to other newborn hearing screening programs with nurseries transitioning to rooming-in care.
Presentation: 1294JenniferBentley.pdf

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Jennifer Bentley - Primary Presenter,Author
     Credentials: Au.D.
      Jennifer Bentley is the Coordinator for the Newborn Hearing Screening Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston.

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Jane Stewart - Author
     Credentials: M.D.
      Jane Stewart, M.D. is a neonatologist and the medical director of the newborn hearing screening program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Wen-Yang Mao - Author
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
     Credentials: M.S.
      Wen-Yang Mao is a statistician for the department of Neonatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

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