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Multidisciplinary team at University of Virginia improves admission temperature
The NICU team and entire division of neonatology at the University of Virginia benchmark key metrics in the VON Annual Report against similar centers.
After noticing the center was performing in the highest quartile of VON centers for hypothermia, the neonatology team partnered with colleagues in obstetrics and nurse leaders to reduce admission hypothermia (<36.5 °C) from 63% to 30% for infants <35 weeks gestation, and moderate hypothermia from 29% to 9%.
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Vermont Oxford Rady Children's Genomic Network Activities Will Begin April 10th
This educational network is provided in partnership with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, bringing NICU and PICU teams from centers new to genome sequencing together with teams that have established programs to help shape the future of genomic medicine in newborn care. More than 115 centers have already committed to learn together and accelerate understanding of genomic medicine.
The first webinar is April 10, 2019, and registration is still open.
Save the Dates - 2019 Annual Quality Congress
Pre-conference events for VON collaborative teams, fellows, early career professionals, and Vermont Oxford Rady Children’s Genomic Network participants will occur Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4.
Plenary Sessions, Neonatal Care around the World, breakout sessions, and the Improvement Science Expo will occur Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.
In efforts to be environmentally conscious and provide an improved experience for participants, all agendas, faculty lists, and program details can be found online.
Ethiopian Neonatal Network teams use VON database for improvement
ENN teams received their first VON Annual Report, identified additional gaps in care and opportunities for improvement, set SMART aims for 2019, and shared lessons learned from their 2018 QI projects and successful tactics to overcome challenges.
VON faculty included Jeffrey Horbar, MD, VON’s Chief Executive and Scientific Officer; Erika Edwards, PhD, MPH, VON’s Director of Data Science; and Danielle Ehret, MD, MPH, VON’s Director of Global Health.
Donors helped make this meeting possible by supporting the travel expenses of the neonatal nurse and physician teams for centers across Ethiopian to come to Addis Ababa for the ENN workshop.
While the VON team was at Addis Ababa University, they also celebrated another monumental event — the selection of the candidates for the first Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing Masters Program in Ethiopia. Dr. Thomas Eusterbrock, an experienced volunteer with VON, served as the inaugural faculty member in this important 2-year program. Learn more about that project and how you can get involved or contribute.
Cochrane Neonatal Web Seminar Series Evidence-based Medicine: Basics and Beyond
This Cochrane Neonatal webinar series, specifically for fellows and trainees, is sponsored by VON and the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
Topic: Understanding randomized controlled trials in neonatal-perinatal medicine.
Date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EDT
Take advantage of Cochrane Neonatal reviews and resources at Cochrane at VON
VON at PAS, April 26 - May 1, 2019
We hope to see you at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting later this spring. Accepted abstracts from VON include:
- Landscape of Low-Income Country Neonatal Intensive Care Units: A Survey of Current Practices and Staffing in Ethiopia (Saturday, April 27, 1:15 PM, Global Neonatal & Children’s Health 2, Poster #227)
- Racial/Ethnic Differences in Outcomes of Infants Born <30 Weeks Gestation Between 2006-2016 (Saturday, April 27, 1:15 PM, Neonatal Epidemiology, Poster #186)
- Regionalization of Care for High Risk Infants: National Neonatal Transfer Communities (Saturday, April 27, 1:15 PM, Neonatal Epidemiology, Health Services Research: Regionalization, Poster #490)
- Discharge Age and Weight for Very Preterm Infants in the U.S., 2005 to 2017 (Saturday, April 27, 4:45 PM, NICU Practices & Procedures)
- The Ethiopian Neonatal Network-Establishing Quality Improvement as a Strategy to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of Neonatal Mortality Reduction (Saturday, April 27, 6:30 PM, Global Neonatal & Children’s Health 1)
- Outcomes and Interventions for Infants ≥35 weeks Gestation with Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Before and After a Neonatal Resuscitation Program Guideline Change (Sunday, April 28, 5:45 PM, Neonatal/Infant Resuscitation 1, Poster #486)
- Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Preterms – VON experience (Tuesday, April 30, 9:45 AM, “Just Say No to iNO in Preterms. Really?”)
Audit of critical transitions to guide improvement
Teams participating in The Ins and Outs of Neonatal Care (iNICQ) quality improvement collaborative will review the baseline results from the collaborative’s first VON Day Audit.
More than 100 teams completed the audit, which measured communication, teamwork, family integration, and standardization in the processes of critical transitions in newborn care.
Maryland Patient Safety Center earns excellence in education and training award for NAS
Maryland Patient Safety Center partnered with VON to provide 32 hospitals universal training designed to standardize care policies. The collaborative approach to universal training included rapid-cycle distribution of current evidence-based practices to the entire interdisciplinary workforce engaged in caring for substance-exposed infants and families. This approach has been proven to reduce length of hospital stay and length of pharmacologic treatment while increasing family satisfaction.
Improvements to the VON website
We redesigned our website to better represent to the world your rigorous dedication to data-driven improvement, your demonstrated belief in the power of collaboration, and your leadership in partnering with families as part of the improvement and care team.
Later this year, we will release a new Member Portal, which we are designing to provide a more seamless integrated experience between the VON tools and resources you use to improve care for infants and families
We encourage you to spend some time on our new site and explore new features like Cochrane at VON, our interactive map of VON members, and our growing library of improvement stories from the VON community of practice.
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