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.
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!