VON SONPM COVID-19 Impact Audit

The impact of COVID-19 on the care of the newborn infants and families we serve is highly uncertain and rapidly changing.

VON and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine (SONPM) created a tool to help newborn care teams understand the impact of COVID-19 in their own units and more broadly in the neonatal community. Our goal is to inform local and national decision-making for program evaluation and quality improvement.

The audit is open to all hospitals caring for infants (regardless of VON membership). The audit will be conducted on a single day of your choice and you may choose to repeat the audit each month.

Aggregate reporting will appear on this page.

Audit Materials

  1. Manual of Operations – updated May 2, 2020
  2. Go to the Online Audit Tool. Please review the Manual of Operations before completing the audit.
    Go to the Online Audit Tool for May  – closes June 5, 2020.
    Go to the Online Audit Tool for June

For assistance, please contact or call 802.865.4814 ext. 240

April Audit Results

Participants reported  54 confirmed cases and 311 suspected cases in mother-baby rooms, Level I, II, III, or IV units, or special units for COVID-19. The numbers of newborns with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are low at most centers, ranging from 0 to 14.

However, many centers are experiencing shortages of equipment, testing and personnel that significantly affect the quality of care for newborn infants and families: 54% experienced at least one shortage (equipment, testing, or personnel).

Thank you to the newborn care teams at 434 hospitals in 24 countries that participated in April, the first month of the audit!

Join the discussion on our Community Forum and the COVID-19 in Newborn Care webinar on May 28th to explore more audit results and address other questions about the impact on newborn care.


April Results