16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/28/2017  |   3:00 PM - 3:30 PM   |  Newborn Hearing Screening in a “Baby-Friendly” Environment   |  Regency V

Newborn Hearing Screening in a “Baby-Friendly” Environment

A growing number of hospitals in the United States are becoming certified by The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. Hospitals with the Baby-Friendly designation promote breastfeeding and mother-infant bonding. A key tenet of the Baby-Friendly guidelines is for mothers and babies to remain together throughout their hospital stay. As a result, most examinations and procedures are done in the mother’s room. Newborn hearing screening has traditionally been performed in a specialized area or in the nursery. Transitioning the screening location into the mother’s room successfully requires management of a personal and often changeable environment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills ease potential challenges. Extraneous noise, electrical interference, and interruptions are typical issues. The benefits of performing hearing screens in the mother’s room include increased opportunities for education of the parents, improved infant state during the hearing screen, and the potential for relationship-building with the parents. This, in turn, may promote timely and complete follow-up. This poster/presentation will present qualitative and quantitative information on bedside hearing screening. Perceptions of hearing screeners, nursing staff, and parents regarding hearing screens in the mother’s room reflect ongoing adjustments to this change. Methods to troubleshoot issues will be identified. Trends in refer and follow-up rates for hospitals that have incorporated bedside hearing screening will be described.

  • State at least one barrier to conducting hearing screening at the bedside.
  • State at least one benefit to conducting hearing screening at the bedside.
  • Describe one technique to improve the bedside hearing screening experience.

Presentation:
15804_5682KristinWalker.pdf

Handouts:
Handout is not Available

Transcripts:
5682.docx


Presenters/Authors

Kathryn Aveni (), New Jersey Department of Health, Kathryn.Aveni@doh.nj.gov;
Kathryn Aveni received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University and BS in Nursing from the University of Virginia. She is a Research Scientist and Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Health where she has worked since 2002. She also serves as a Regional EHDI Technical Assistant Network Consultant for the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Kristin Walker (), Onsite Neonatal Partners, kwalker@onsiteneonatal.com;
Kristin Walker, RN, MSN, is the Director of Medical Affairs and Training and the Director of Newborn Hearing Screening at Onsite Neonatal Partners. Prior to her work with Onsite Neonatal, Kristin worked as an advance practice nurse for 15 years. Kristin has a BA from Connecticut College in New London, CT and holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University with a specialization in midwifery.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Linda Biando (), NJ DHSS - EHDI Program, linda.biando@doh.nj.gov;
Linda Biando received her MSN in Perinatology from the University of Pennsylvania and BSN in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts. She is a Public Health Consultant with the New Jersey Department of Health in the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. Ms. Biando was the New Jersey Team Lead for the most recent NICHQ/IHSIS grant during 2012-2013. She facilitates follow-up with hospitals, the medical home and others in her work with the New Jersey EHDI program.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.