Your VON Newsletter

October 2020

Join Structured Quality Improvement with VON

VON quality improvement collaboratives use custom reporting and the latest evidence to affect health outcomes, family experiences, and other goals of your center or unit.

By focusing on practices and processes related to teamwork, communication, families as partners, health equity, and QI fundamentals, teams aim to establish sustainable improvement that contributes to the evolution of newborn care for all.

New Membership Benefits, including QI Course for All Staff

New benefits for VON members support quality improvement, education, and communication among members.

All members have access to the VON Community Forum and Improvement Science Virtual Expo (launching mid-October).

All staff at centers enrolled in the Quality Circle (including iNICQ) or NICQ can participate in new courses:

  • QI Foundations: Build a shared foundation for all health care professionals and parent partners involved in improving care for infants and families through structured QI methodology, optimizing teamwork, and integrating families as partners.
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Address the impact of NAS on families and infants by engaging the entire multidisciplinary care community in education about updated evidence-based practices.
  • Antibiotic Stewardship: Introduce standardized protocols and evidence-based practices to reduce overuse of antibiotics in newborn care.

Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Families and Care Teams

The VON SONPM COVID-19 Impact Audit for September closes on October 8. IF your center has not already participated, we encourage you to join the more than 500 centers who participated in the audits in April, May, and June. We are continuing to learn of important impacts on staff and families, even from centers that have experienced low numbers of cases.

Advancing Genomic Medicine in Newborn Care

A new biorepository launched in partnership with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine will provide members with a valuable new resource to develop and test the implementation and utilization of rapid precision medicine as the first line choice of diagnostic testing.
Level III and IV NICUs participating in the Genomic Network are eligible to access rapid whole genome sequencing to diagnose and guide clinical management of infants.
See more about the Vermont Oxford Rady Children’s Genomic Network and participate in the learning network by attending the October 7th webinar “The Role of Genomic Sequencing in Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia.”

Film Screening and Parent Panel Discussion

Join us to view the documentary Life to Come and participate in a discussion with a parent panel after the film. The film documents the hope, fear, and fatigue of a mother after the severely premature birth of her twins.

There is no cost to attend this event.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

AAP/VON Scholars and QI in Fellowship/Early Career Roles

Congratulations to the five 2020 AAP/VON Scholars! VON and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM) recognize these future leaders in newborn care for exemplifying dedication to data-driven quality improvement in the care of infants and families.
Julia Johnson, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Johns Hopkins University
Katelin Kramer, MD
University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital
Ashraf Kharrat, MD, MSc(HQ), FRCPC
Staff Neonatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Adrienne Pahl, MD
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellow, University of Vermont Children’s Hospital
Michelle-Marie Pena, MD
Neonatology Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Join us to hear about their work and learn about successful QI learning in fellowship and how to transition from fellowship to quality roles.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Resuscitation Opportunities for Fellows of VLBW Infants

Recent research from VON describes the learning opportunities for fellows to provide neonatal resuscitation. While the number of opportunities available to fellows for managing VLBW and ELBW infants in the delivery room is highly variable among programs, fellows’ exposure to high risk procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation is low at all programs.

Looking for a Starting Point to Practice Social (Not Just Technical) Medicine?

VON Potentially Better Practices for Follow Through are a starting point for individuals or teams working to meet the social as well as medical needs of infants and families. The PBPs and other resources are available to all on our website.

Upcoming Events

All events below are recorded and available online after the event date. See the VON calendar for all event information. All events are listed in Eastern Time.

The Role of Genomic Sequencing in Neonatal Seizures
Vermont Oxford Rady Children’s Genomic Network
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Improvement Science Virtual Expo Opens
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Life to Come Film Screening and Parent Panel
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2:00-4:00 p.m.
A Night at Fendika
Free virtual concert from the world-renowned arts venue
Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.
AAP/VON Scholars Webinar
Presented in partnership with the AAP Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 3:00-4:00 p.m.
ELBW Follow-Up
Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 3:30-5:00 p

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