Newborn hearing screening Issues in legal liability and quality assurance Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   March 01, 1998
Newborn hearing screening
 
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  • Linda B. Rose
    Louisiana Office of Public Health, New Orleans, LA
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Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Letters to the Editor
Letter to the Editor   |   March 01, 1998
Newborn hearing screening
American Journal of Audiology, March 1998, Vol. 7, 45-46. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0701.45
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 1998, Vol. 7, 45-46. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0701.45
Tharpe and Clayton present a survey of the current legislatively mandated neonatal hearing screening programs in the United States. The article presents some information regarding Louisiana’s infant hearing screening program that is incorrect. The views presented in the article do not accurately reflect some of the considerations undergone in developing a statewide program.
In Table 1 of their article (p. 6), there is incorrect information regarding the screening program in Louisiana. Under the column “Confidentiality Provision,” it is indicated that Louisiana’s is not specified. In the rules and regulations that accompany Louisiana Revised Statutes 46:2261–2267, the Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants Law, section 2211 specifically addresses Confidentiality of Information. These rules state that “All information on the newborn hearing screening report is considered confidential and cannot be released by the office, the hospital, or the primary health care facility without the parent or guardian’s written informed consent” (Louisiana Register, 1993).
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