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Public Health Nursing Practice Manual

Newborn Screening

Standard of Practice

Evaluation

Description

The public health nurse evaluates the health status of the population (all affected by the case).

  • The PHN examines the effectiveness of the interventions, including the need for modification of the interventions in relation to outcomes.

Practice

  • 1.

    Evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions on the health of the infant/caregiver/household members; e.g. document caretaker’s understanding of the newborn screening process:

    • Determine if the infant kept the appointment for testing and treatment (if indicated).

  • 2.

    Determine and document action for non-adherent caregiver or if caregiver cannot be located:

    • Consult with PHNS and contact Newborn Screening Program Coordinator (213-639-6457) after two unsuccessful attempts to locate the client or to obtain compliance from the caretaker.

  • 3.

    Complete investigation forms:

    • Submit the final report to PHNS for review and submit dispositioned report/referral to the Newborn Screening Area Service Center and the Newborn Screening Coordinator by fax and postal mail within 30 days of receipt of referral or within timeframe agreed upon in consultation with the PHNS.

  • 4.

    Document in the NPMS:

    • File a copy of the PHN Assessment per the PHN Assessment Form instructions.

  • 5.

    Evaluate client satisfaction:

    • Give client satisfaction form to the caregiver for completion and submission in a pre-addressed, stamped envelope.

© 2007 LAC DPH-Public Health Nursing

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