Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Data-driven improvement for more compassionate, effective, and efficient care.

NAS infant and mother

Transforming Care in the Opioid Epidemic

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.

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Team learning environment

Standardized Care for Teams, Centers, Health Systems, and Quality Collaboratives

Universal training for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) 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.

VON Day Audits, supported by VON data science experts, 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.

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VON Resources and Support

  • Improving NAS Toolkit to implement and measure standardized care (customizable for branding and statewide context)
  • Audits provide comparative data and benchmarking
  • 18 online lessons with accompanying support material relevant to every caregiver for substance-exposed infants and women, presented by 35 world-class NAS experts
  • Virtual video visit and facilitator’s guide to a Center of Excellence in NAS Care
  • Sample policies, procedures, guidelines, and family educational tools
  • 100+ quality improvement stories and supporting data

Benefits of Participation

Participating centers can expect to improve the quality and safety of care, resulting in decreased length of stay, pharmacological treatment, and prescriptions issued at infant discharge. Families satisfaction can increase, and care teams can develop greater capacity for empathy in high stress situations.

All participating interdisciplinary team members are eligible for up to 5.50 hours of continuing education credits (CME/CNE).

Center of Excellence in NAS Education and Training is awarded to centers who successfully train their core team through the entire curriculum of 18 micro-lessons.

Neonatal clinician and infant

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.

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