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Need caption for photo of sleeping newborn baby Inpatient Screening: At Birth

Improvement Strategies


Standardize the process for documenting all newborn screening results in the hospital records

Record and report the results accurately to the state EHDI program via KY CHILD

Standardize communications (written and verbal) with parents about newborn screening results

Verify the PCP/Medical Home before discharge

Communicate did not pass results to the PCP/Medical Home as a critical value requiring confirmation

Identify two points of contact for families of infants who did not pass (i.e. a relative or friend)

Provide clear communication about next steps using the Kentucky EHDI Road Map

Schedule the follow-up appointment prior to discharge, stressing importance with families

Offer a referral to Kentucky Guide by Your Side

Resources: Best Practices Guidelines

Policies and Procedures




  • KY Hospital Newborn Hearing Screening Compliance Guide      (currently being revised - draft only!!)                                                                                 


Screening Protocols

Risk Factor Protocol



“I was really upset when my daughter did not pass her hearing screening. The nurse said it was probably just fluid in the baby's ears.This was comforting but could have been detrimental as I almost blew off the follow-up appointment. Luckily I went and was shocked by the news that my daughter had hearing loss in both ears.”