Your VON Newsletter – March 2018


Your VON Newsletter

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Annual Quality Congress Registration is Open

Are You and Your NICU Prepared for the Future? VON’s Annual Quality Congress is designed for your entire interdisciplinary team. Gather with the worldwide community of practice to explore the following themes: Using the NICU Wisely; Follow-Through: Care beyond the NICU Walls; Artificial Intelligence and You; and The Developing Brain. Learn about submitting an abstract, pre-conference events, and more at the link below.

Go to the Annual Quality Congress website

Cochrane at VON

Vermont Oxford Network is now supporting Cochrane Neonatal to provide VON members convenient access to evidence-based systematic reviews of the effects of therapies in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

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Ethiopian Neonatal Network Launched

Twenty academic hospitals in Ethiopia have started collecting data for all infants admitted to their neonatal units.

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Antibiotic Use Audited at 132 Centers

Centers participating in iNICQ: Choosing Antibiotics Wisely have completed VON Day Audits to assess compliance with the CDC’s 7 Core Elements of antibiotic stewardship and identify opportunities for improvement.

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Welcome VON’s Newest Board Member

Yolanda Ogbolu, a nurse leader in social determinants and global health, has joined the VON Board of Directors.

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NICU by the Numbers

Infants Receiving Human Milk before Discharge Varies Internationally

VON analysis shows 85% of infants in South America and 51% of infants in North America receive human milk at discharge.

Dr. Gonzalo Mariani from the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires discusses factors that contribute to improving human milk use in preterm infants.

Read the Report

Your VON Data in Action

NICU by the Numbers reports are made possible by VON members who voluntarily contribute data in a global effort to improve the care of newborns.

Your Center’s Data on Nightingale

Visit NICU by the Numbers for more.

VON Links

Support neonatal quality improvement in Zimbabwe.

ELBW Follow-Up is now on REDCap.

Vermont Oxford Network is one of the best places to work in Vermont.

Register for the upcoming Cochrane Neonatal webinar.

Register for the Annual Quality Congress here.

Recent Articles


Cochrane at VON

Vermont Oxford Network is now supporting Cochrane Neonatal to provide the neonatal community of practice and VON members convenient access to Cochrane Neonatal reviews. VON’s support ensures that evidence-based, regularly updated, systematic reviews o … [Continue reading]

Ethiopian Neonatal Network Launched

Dr. Danielle Ehret, VON’s director of global health, and Dr. Jeffrey Horbar, VON chief executive and scientific officer, visited Ethiopia for six days in February to kick-off the Ethiopian Neonatal Network. Medical and nursing leaders shared e … [Continue reading]

ELBW Follow-Up is now on REDCap

VON’s Extremely Low Birth Weight Follow-Up Database has introduced data collection through REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture). Participating centers are switching from paper submission to REDCap beginning with 2016 birth year data. The new a … [Continue reading]

Vermont Oxford Network is One of the Best Places to Work in Vermont

Vermont Oxford Network was recently named one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Vermont. The twelfth annual list of the Best Places to Work in Vermont was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department … [Continue reading]

VON Day Audit Identifies Improvement Opportunities for iNICQ Teams

Antibiotic overuse and misuse is a worldwide challenge and antibiotics are one of the most commonly prescribed agents for newborns.  Currently more than 140 teams are working together to address this challenge in VON’s internet-based quality im … [Continue reading]

Welcome Yolanda Ogbolu to the VON Board of Directors

This winter, Vermont Oxford Network welcomed Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, to the board of directors. Dr. Ogbolu is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the director of its Office of Global Health, and she has … [Continue reading]

Remembering Dr. Jerold Lucey

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that Jerold F. Lucey, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont and a founder of Vermont Oxford Network, passed away on December 10, 2017. His extraordinary achievements … [Continue reading]

Your VON Newsletter – December 2017

Your VON Newsletter is distributed quarterly by email. The December issue includes updates about VON quality improvement (including a partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement), information about a fundraising campaign for global … [Continue reading]

Prepare for eNICQ6 in 2018

VON’s new software for data entry, eNICQ 6, is targeted for release the first week of January 2018. We are excited about this improved software, which includes streamlined data entry and a simplified interface, and we’re looking forward to releasing i … [Continue reading]