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Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2018, 4(4), 38;

Consumer Satisfaction with Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening in a Midwifery-Led Maternity Setting

Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Services, Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Heart Kids New Zealand, Auckland 1023, New Zealand
Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Hastings 4120, New Zealand
School of Nursing, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Received: 5 November 2018 / Revised: 21 November 2018 / Accepted: 30 November 2018 / Published: 2 December 2018
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Pulse oximetry screening to detect hypoxaemia in newborn infants was introduced at birthing facilities in New Zealand during a feasibility study determining barriers and enablers to universal screening in a midwifery-led maternity system focused on community values and partnership with, and participation by, consumers. During the 2-year study period, parents of infants who underwent pulse oximetry screening were invited to complete a written survey to investigate consumer satisfaction. Respondents ranked their satisfaction with the test and with information resources on a five-level Likert scale. Additional comments were added in a free text space. Participation was voluntary and anonymous. A total of 657 surveys were included for analysis. Consumers were satisfied with the screening procedure; 94% either agreed or strongly agreed that it is an important health check. Although the quality of information sources was deemed good, a third of participants indicated a wish to obtain more information. Some participants stated that retention of information was an issue, reporting that they were fatigued following the birth. Consumers are receptive to pulse oximetry screening. Sharing information (while considering the receptivity of parents) and engaging the parents of newborn infants are factors that are paramount to the success of newborn screening initiatives. View Full-Text
Keywords: pulse oximetry; newborn; screening; informed consent; consumer participation pulse oximetry; newborn; screening; informed consent; consumer participation

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Cloete, E.; Gentles, T.L.; Lutter, R.A.; Richards, K.; Ward, K.; Bloomfield, F.H. Consumer Satisfaction with Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening in a Midwifery-Led Maternity Setting. Int. J. Neonatal Screen. 2018, 4, 38.

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