Screening should be done by properly
Screening is faster and easier if babies
are quiet and the environment isn’t too chaotic.
Screen when the baby is quiet or asleep.
Infants who do not pass the screening
test(s) before discharge must be referred for diagnostic testing. The
primary care provider needs to be alerted prior to discharge that the infant
failed the initial screening.
Make an effort to re-screen, prior to
discharge, infants who did not pass the first screening test. The primary
care provider needs to see the infant to check for fluid or debris in the
external ear canal before the repeat screening test is administered. This
will greatly reduce the number of infants requiring diagnostic follow-up.
Birth Score Developmental Risk Screen
must be marked to indicate the results of the screening test. Copies of the
test results must be attached to the child’s medical record, including a
chart notation “not screened” when appropriate. A completed Birth Score
Developmental Screen must be submitted on all newborns including those
marked “not screened.”
Any infant not screened prior to hospital
discharge for any reason other than parental refusal, must be referred for
screening, as per newborn hearing screening policy.