Quality statement 13: Audiological assessment

Quality statement

Children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia have an audiological assessment before discharge.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of local arrangements for children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia to have an audiological assessment before discharge.

Process: Proportion of children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have an audiological assessment before discharge.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator who have an audiological assessment before discharge.

Denominator – the number of children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia.

What the quality statement means for different audiences

Service providers ensure systems are in place for children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia to have an audiological assessment before discharge.

Healthcare professionals ensure children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia have an audiological assessment before discharge.

Commissioners ensure they commission services for children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia to have an audiological assessment before discharge.

Children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia (blood poisoning) have a hearing test before they leave hospital.

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection.

Definitions

It may not be possible to arrange an audiological assessment before discharge in all circumstances. Where this is the case the assessment should be undertaken within 4 weeks of the child or young person being fit to undergo testing (that is, once they are no longer critically ill).

[NICE's guideline on meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in under 16s, recommendation 1.5.3]