Your VON Newsletter June 2018

NICU by the Numbers

Increasingly, NICUs Integrate Families into Care with Single-Family Rooms

VON analysis shows one-fifth of hospitals caring for infants in single family rooms. Dr. Robert White calls for examining structural and operational barriers to fully integrating families into care.

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. See your center’s data on Nightingale

News and Reminders

Data Informs Shared Decision-Making for NEC Treatment

When Boston Children’s Hospital surgeons and clinical teams discuss treatment options for neonates with necrotizing enterocolitis, they use information gleaned from thousands of similar infants in Vermont Oxford Network’s databases.The collaboration between VON and Boston Children’s has lead to improved clinical prognosis and family counseling about care for high-risk infants.
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Register Now for the Annual Quality Congress

Join us to discover practical strategies to reduce misuse of resources, prepare for rapidly evolving science and technology, and improve quality, safety, and value of care. Register by June 15 to save $100 and reserve your place at the conference. Abstract submissions for the QI Science Poster Session are due June 11.
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Genomics in the NICU

In collaboration with the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, the Genomics Summit will help you and your team position your center to harness rapid whole genome sequencing to bring precision medicine to newborns with rare diseases.
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Show How You Care for Infants and Families

VON wants to highlight the work you do every day. Submit photos for the opportunity for you, your team and your center to be featured on the VON website!
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Epic Tools for VON Members

Many VON members use Epic for an EMR solution and we want to be sure you know about the tools available to you.
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Submissions & Awards

Abstracts due June 11 for the QI Science Poster Session.

Submit a Case of the Year by July 1st.

Register for the Annual Quality Congress.

“Best Poster” award for VON’s work in Ethiopia.

Outstanding QI Poster award for antibiotic stewardship at Cabell Huntington.

Recent Articles

Managing antibiotics wisely: a quality improvement programme in a tertiary neonatal unit in the UK

Reducing antibiotic utilization rate in preterm infants: a quality improvement initiative

Disparities in NICU quality of care: a qualitative study of family and clinician accounts

Variability of very low birth weight infant outcome and practice in Swiss and US neonatal units

In-hospital outcomes in large for gestational age infants at 22 to 29 weeks’ gestation

Show the Great Work You Do – Call for Images

We want to show what it is like to turn data into action and provide ever-improving care for infants and families. We know you do this every day – show us by submitting your photos! This is an opportunity for you, your team, and your center to be s … [Continue reading]

Data Informs Shared Decision-Making for Treatment of NEC

Vermont Oxford Network and Boston Children's Hospital collaborate to improve clinical prognosis and family counseling When Boston Children’s Hospital surgeons and clinical teams discuss treatment options for neonates with necrotizing enterocolitis, t … [Continue reading]

Epic Tools for VON Members

We know many VON members use Epic for an EMR solution, and we want to be sure you know about the tools available to you through Epic. To learn more, please contact your hospital's Epic analyst. VON-related Epic tools include: A system list … [Continue reading]

Best Poster Award for VON’s Work in Ethiopia

Vermont Oxford Network faculty and Ethiopian colleagues won "best poster" for their recent work “Global Neonatal Database to Identify Quality Gaps- Pilot Experience in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia” at Global Health Day sponsored by the Global Health Program … [Continue reading]

Outstanding QI Poster Award for Antibiotic Stewardship at Cabell Huntington

The Cabell Huntington team won the Outstanding Quality Improvement Poster award from their hospital and Marshall University for their work on antibiotic stewardship in the NICU. The team is participating in iNICQ: Choosing Antibiotics Wisely at the I … [Continue reading]

Your VON Newsletter – March 2018

  Your VON Newsletter Inspire. Innovate. Accelerate. Annual Quality Congress Registration is Open Are You and Your NICU Prepared for the Future? VON's Annual Quality Congress is … [Continue reading]

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]