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VON Day Quality Audits / Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

The VON Day Quality Audits are a key element of the iNICQ 2014 Quality Improvement Collaborative regarding Structuring Success in the Care of Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The VON Day Quality Audits for this iNICQ series will audit recently discharged infants given pharmacological treatment for neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

A designated person from your team will identify eligible infants and complete the audit using worksheets we provide. This individual will enter the data using a web-based data submission tool and immediately after entering the data, will see your unit’s results of the audit performance measures. After the audit is completed,  participants  also receive a summary of the aggregated results from all of the participating sites. This provides a unique snapshot of neonatal care practices around the world.  The results are also available to participating members on the VON NICQpedia website.

Centers will repeat the audit in August, as they complete the iNICQ series, in order to track their progress towards their quality improvement aims.

The primary purpose of the VON Day Quality Audits is for quality improvement.  Importantly, no protected health information is submitted to the Vermont Oxford Network.  However, the person performing the audit at your unit may have access to protected health information during the performance of the audit and the aggregated data from the audits may be presented or published. Participants must obtain all necessary local human subjects reviews and approvals before participating in a VON Day Quality Audit.  VON will provide a sample IRB letter for your use.

To register for the iNICQ Collaborative on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome contact Pam Ford, the iNICQ Coordinator, at

If your center is already registered for the iNICQ Collaborative and you want to participate in the VON Day Quality Audits send an email to Karla Ferrelli at