Your VON Newsletter
As we wrap up 2018, we look back in gratitude and forward in anticipation. Thanks to the many contributions of VON members, our network is strong. VON members continue to lead neonatology forward by integrating families, surpassing antibiotic stewardship goals, and contributing data for research and improvement.
To help members provide ever-improving evidence-based care, this year VON also became the host organization of Cochrane Neonatal, providing resources to support the creation and dissemination of systematic reviews of the evidence in newborn care.
Our work together continues to accelerate and expand improvement in newborn care and we are looking forward to continuing to work with VON members to turn data into action in 2019. We hope you join us in Chicago for VON’s Annual Quality Congress, October 3-7, 2019, to share your accomplishments, learn from others, and celebrate our innovative community of improvement.
Improving Critical Transitions for Every Newborn
Transform the Experience of Families and Staff
The quality of transitions in care impacts every clinical outcome. Teams will focus on these vulnerable times in VON’s new quality improvement collaborative.
The framework of this collaborative is applicable to any challenge in your unit. Whether you are working to improve BPD, ROP, IVH, NEC or another area of focus, you can provide better care by improving critical transitions.
The iNICQ Intensive curriculum guides teams in experience-based co-design, new QI methodology provided in cooperation with the Point of Care Foundation.
Participating teams also have access to the VON/IHI Foundations in Improvement Science course and pre-paid attendance at the VON Annual Quality Congress and Improvement Symposium for up to 8 team members.
- Cochrane Neonatal has a new webinar series for fellows and trainees, Evidence-based Medicine: Basics and Beyond. The first webinar in the series is January 14, 2019.
- Save the date for the 2019 Annual Quality Congress, October 3-7, 2019. Registration will open in the spring.
- Calling beta testers for VON’s new website and Nightingale Internet Reporting System. Sign up here.
- With your support, VON’s Global Neonatal Database and Tikur Anbessa volunteer program change practices and save lives. VON will match all gifts up to $15,000. Contribute here today.
VON members contribute to the breadth and depth of the information collected on the population of vulnerable infants and make possible groundbreaking research and analysis that has led to new practices and better outcomes. Some recently published articles are listed below.
- Male infants born at less than 30 weeks’ gestation experience faster declines in mortality, respiratory distress syndrome, and chronic lung disease when compared to girls … read more
- Receipt of antenatal steroids associated with significantly higher rates of survival and survival without major morbidities for infants 22 to 25 weeks’ gestational age … read more
- Research using the Vermont Oxford Network database of all NICU admissions shows wide variation in which patients are admitted to the NICU and how long they are staying … read more
- Based on the initial VON Day Audit for iNICQ: Choosing Antibiotics Wisely, significant gaps were found between CDC recommendations to improve antibiotic use and actual antibiotic practices during the newborn period … read more
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