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.

Current and upcoming audit collection dates are: September 2020, and December 2020.

Audit Materials

  1. Manual of Operations – updated May 2, 2020
  2. Go to the Online Audit Tool for September. Please review the Manual of Operations before completing the audit. The September audit tool will be open through October 8, 2020.

For assistance, please contact or call 802.865.4814 ext. 240

June Audit Results

Participants reported  17 confirmed cases and 140 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 24.

Many centers are experiencing shortages of equipment, testing and personnel that significantly affect the quality of care for newborn infants and families: 34% experienced at least one shortage.

Thank you to the newborn care teams at 201 hospitals in 14 countries that participated in June, the third month of the audit!

Join the discussion on our Community Forum and interactive webinars to explore more audit results and address other questions about the impact on newborn care.


June Results