Your VON Newsletter

November 2021

Take Action to Follow Through: Three projects addressing health equity

The VON Take Action to Follow Through grant program supports the development of innovative programs that confront health inequities.
The Potentially Better Practices at the core of the grant program are central to the VON Improving Critical Transitions collaboratives – NICQ and iNICQ – focusing on improving processes and practices in the care of all infants and families.
Awarded Take Action to Follow Through programs include:

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

NICU by the Numbers: Probiotic Exposure Varies Internationally

We examined exposure to probiotics among very low birth weight and very preterm infants in 2018 to 2020 by geographic region. Roger Soll, MD, comments on balancing the evidence with uncertainty about regulation of probiotics.
NICU by the Numbers is made possible by VON members voluntarily contributing data to improve the care of infants and families worldwide.

Last Chance to Attend the 2021 Annual Quality Congress

The final session of the virtual 2021 Annual Quality Congress occurs Thursday, October 28 with the March of Dimes and VON – Improving Life Beyond the NICU.
Registrants can visit the conference site to view recorded sessions, posters of improvement stories, and slide handouts.

Improving Hand-offs in All Phases of Care

Critical Transitions occur within and between phases of newborn care. Hand-offs are a vulnerable aspect of all of these transitions, occurring frequently throughout each day and across the entire NICU stay.
The focus of the iNICQ quality improvement collaborative in 2022 on improving hand-offs is vital to improving critical transitions across all phases of care.
If your center is not already enrolled, we invite you to join us.

Late Onset Sepsis and Meningitis Module for NHSN Reporting

NHSN recently released the neonatal late onset sepsis/meningitis (LOS/MEN) module for NHSN reporting. Learn how it can help your center streamline data entry and reporting so you can focus on prevention.

VON is Now an HL7 Gold Member

To help streamline data submission and support interoperability with members, VON has become an HL7 Gold Member. We are working within best practices for interoperability and we are preparing to accept FHIR data in 2022. We are looking forward to sharing more about how we are working to create a more efficient process for your center to submit infant data in the near future.
Currently, we would like to work with centers that have EHRs with FHIR endpoints. If you would like to work with us, please contact VON Support at

ELBW Follow Up Webinar

Topics will include an overview of outcomes from the 2018 cohort and a presentation regarding health equity from Yarden Fraiman, MD.

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