Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
VON is Improving Care for Substance-Exposed Infants and Families
Transforming Care in the Opioid Epidemic
More compassionate, effective, and efficient treatment
We can collectively raise the standards of care for NAS to improve patient and family satisfaction, keep infants and families together in the care setting, and reduce length of stay and length of pharmacologic treatment.
VON members improving care of infants and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome reduced hospital length of stay by two days, if scaled nationally, this reduction could result in $170 million annually.
Teams also transformed how infants are evaluated and cared for, resulting in better breastfeeding rates, reduced pharmacologic treatment, and fewer prescriptions of medication upon infant discharge.
VON offers a QI Implementation Package for statewide quality improvement collaboratives, departments of health, and health systems to transform practices as a collective group of centers. Universal Training is also available for centers to standardize care across the interdisciplinary team.
QI Implementation Package
High-reliability through standardization of care
Standardizing care has the potential to improve the quality and safety of care and decrease unnecessary length of stay and associated costs to the health system.
The implementation package for statewide perinatal quality improvement groups and health systems is designed for the systematic rapid-cycle distribution of current evidence-based education and materials to the interdisciplinary workforce engaged in caring for substance-exposed infants and families.
Additionally, VON Day Audits show data reported at the center and group level to provide a useful gap analysis and benchmarks to inform improvement efforts and track progress throughout the improvement cycle.
Standardize education and clinical practices
Providing high-reliability care for infants and families affected by opioid exposure requires developing standardized clinical processes for the entire interdisciplinary care team.
VON teams standardize practice by adopting evidence-based policies and developing innovative service models for mothers and infants across the trajectory of care.
Through Universal Training for NAS, online lessons presented by world-class experts and other resources supporting adoption of potentially better practices help teams improve the quality, safety, and value of care while building empathy and compassion for a medically fragile and socially complex population.
Quality Improvement at VON
Dedicated to continuous improvement
More than 700 teams in VON quality improvement collaboratives and have accelerated improvement for the entire neonatal community of practice.
Teams learn how to use data to inform improvement plans that lead to measurable results, which are presented at the VON Annual Quality Congress and elsewhere.
The QI methodologies that teams become proficient in through hands-on work in VON collaboratives inform improvement in other areas of their work with infants and families in the NICU and other care settings.
The most successful teams integrate parents into the improvement teams and partner with families to advance family-integrated care.
Ultimately, participation in VON quality improvement gives teams the tools, guidance, and momentum they need to sustain continuous improvement.