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July 2021

Annual Quality Congress - Save the Dates!

Join us virtually as our improvement community comes together once again for the Annual Quality Congress!

The main event will take place on October 20, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. (Eastern) and several workshops and webinars will span the weeks before and after that day, including the opportunity to share a poster of your improvement work.

The registration period to submit a poster will be July 1-July 15 (only a poster title and description are needed to register a poster).

Registration to attend Annual Quality Congress sessions will open later in July.

Cedars Sinai Medical Center Receives Health Equity Grant Funding

The newborn care team from Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California has received the first funding award from Vermont Oxford Network’s Take Action to Follow Through health equity innovation grant program for their project Reducing Implicit Bias in the NICU.

2020 Birth Year Annual Reports and Database Summaries

Since 1990, NICUs around the world have submitted data to VON for benchmarking and quality improvement. We publish Database Summaries annually for members, and you can view summary reports (not including individual center or patient data) online.

We are grateful to the many VON members who contribute to our understanding of trends in newborn care, without whom these reports would not be possible.

In 2020, 1,066 centers registered 53,640 infants who were 501-1500 grams at birth in the VLBW Database, and 526 centers registered 206,297 infants in the Expanded Database.

Using the NICU Wisely

QI Grand Rounds

Analysis of VON member data has shown large variation in NICU utilization based on acuity of cases and gestational age, and that length of stay has been increasing for VLBW infants. Join us to learn about the data and discuss causes, costs, and benefits of these trends as we strive to develop systems of newborn care that most efficiently and effectively meet the needs of infants and families.

Faculty: Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH; John Zupancic, MD, MS, ScD; Renate Savich, MD; Jeffrey Horbar, MD; Roger Soll, MD

Group Data by Race and Ethnicity, a New Nightingale Reporting Feature

As social determinants of health affect care and outcomes, centers may find it useful to group infant data by race and ethnicity. For centers that care for widely diverse populations, this reporting feature can help guide data-driven improvement in efforts to address inequities. We recommend looking at the data over several years when using the new grouping feature in Nightingale Reporting.

Late Onset Sepsis and Meningitis Module for NHSN Reporting

NHSN will offer a webinar on the soon to be released LOS/MEN module for NHSN reporting, August 4 at 1:00 p.m. (ET).

This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the new electronic surveillance reporting option for Late Onset Sepsis and Meningitis targeting one of our most vulnerable populations, very low birth weight neonates during the first 120 days of life.

Responding to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - Now Available!

Responding to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is our new online course for multidisciplinary teams focusing on partnering with families, reducing length of stay, and reducing pharmacologic treatment. CNE and CME is available for all staff for VON Quality Circle members. Preview the first lesson!

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