Network Stories

See how we are transforming care for infants and families around the world.

The trajectory of improvement is powered by members of the neonatal community of practice who rigorously adhere to data-driven quality improvement.

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Multidisciplinary team at University of Virginia improves admission temperature

The NICU team and entire division of neonatology at the University of Virginia benchmark key metrics in the VON Annual Report against similar centers.

After noticing the center was performing in the highest quartile of VON centers for hypothermia, the neonatology team partnered with colleagues in obstretics and nurse leaders to reduce admission hypothermia (<36.5 °C) from 63% to 30% for infants <35 weeks gestation, and moderate hypothermia from 29% to 9%.

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Boston Childrens Hospital

Improved clinical prognosis and family counseling

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 Very Low Birth Weight and Expanded databases.

By turning vast amounts of data into actionable improvement, we continue to improve the care of high-risk newborns and find better ways to treat infants and their families in a more efficient and effective continuum of care.

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Reduction in Exchange Transfusions for Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy

The neonatal team at Tikur Anbessa Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia recognized they were performing exchange transfusions for acute bilirubin encephalopathy at an alarming rate, two to three times per day.

Through a failure analysis, neonatal team members and VON volunteers identified opportunities to improve identification of high-risk infants, surveillance, and monitoring efficacy of treatment.

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Reducing Antibiotic Use with Fewer Infections

Bronson Children’s Hospital participated in Choosing Antibiotics Wisely, VON’s quality improvement collaborative, along with 143 other centers. The team achieved a 26% reduction in antibiotic use while remaining infection-free for more than 500 days, and have since committed to an additional 10% reduction in AUR. The Bronson team received the Michigan Health & Hospital Association 2018 Advancing Safe Care Award for their work.

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