Your VON Newsletter
VON's 30th Year of Data Collection
This year is the 30th year of data collection in Vermont Oxford Network. VON members should be proud of all that our community has accomplished to improve care in the NICU and beyond.
First, congratulations to the 1,023 teams that finalized 2018 birth year data, the largest cohort of finalized centers in VON history. Your contributions on VLBW infants and all NICU admissions inform important research on outcomes of specific populations, healthcare utilization, and disparities in care.
These data also inform NICU by the Numbers, free and publicly available data briefs that highlight important and potentially actionable issues, such as use of iNO in VLBW infants, antenatal steroid rates, and increased family involvement.
We continue to address the most relevant and actionable topics affecting infants and families with VON research, improvement programs, and at our Annual Quality Congress, which will examine improvement related to disparities in care, uncertainty in the NICU, and other pressing issues for caregivers and families around the world.
Community is essential to improvement
We witness accelerated improvement when there is data-driven collaboration between centers and care teams in partnership with families.
We are proud to facilitate that improvement with an approach based on “potentially better” practices, meaning that a practice is not better or best until it is adapted, tested, and shown to be effective in a member’s unique local context. Members share what they have learned and enhance understanding across our entire community of practice.
Currently, VON teams are collaboratively improving transitions of care by applying a standard framework and principles that can improve processes and outcomes for all infants and families. Teams are also working to further incorporate families into their improvement process with experience-based co-design (EBCD). We will have much to learn in the years ahead from VON teams pioneering EBCD and we look forward to sharing their work with the wider community of practice.
Other VON members are engaged in actively shaping the future of genomics in newborn care, improving care for infants and families affected by the opioid epidemic, and volunteering to support the advanced practice neonatal nursing masters program at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Supporting your continued improvement
Last year, VON became the host organization of Cochrane Neonatal to support the creation and dissemination of systematic reviews of evidence-based medicine for newborns. You can access full Cochrane Neonatal reviews at Cochrane at VON.
The effort and dedication of VON members like you at more than 1,200 centers around the world make our network strong. We look forward to supporting your continuing improvement with actively engaged faculty, innovative programs, informative reporting tools, and the most extensive data in neonatal care.
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