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Gallus 2022aFirst Published: 2022 Aug 5Updated Date: 2022 Aug 5

The Impact of COVID-19 on Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

  1. Study Type
  2. Observational
  1. Study Aim
  2. Diagnostic/Prognostic
  3. Health Services Research
  1. Study Design
  2. Case series/Case control/Cohort
  1. Intervention Assignment
  2. Not Applicable
Reference record

The Impact of COVID-19 on Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

Gallus R, Melis A, De Luca LM, Rizzo D, Palmas S, Degni E, Piras A, Bussu F
Journal article
Report Results
OBJECTIVES: To report the direct and indirect impact of coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening program of our institution (Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Sassari). DESIGN: Monocentric retrospective study whose target population included all the newborns born in or referred to our hospital in 2019 and 2020. RESULTS: There is no statistically significant difference in time to retest or loss to follow-up rate between the 2 years considered (2019 to 2020). Referral rate is not higher for newborns born to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 polymerase chain reaction positive mothers. CONCLUSIONS: In relation to the analyzed variables, coronavirus disease 2019 seems to have a limited impact on our screening program. Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 did not behave as an audiological risk factor in our series