The Ins & Outs of Neonatal Care: an iNICQ for Critical Transitions

The Ins & Outs of Neonatal Care: Improving Critical Transitions for Every Newborn

Registration is open for the 2019 quality improvement collaborative.

Our Internet-based Newborn Improvement Collaborative for Quality (iNICQ) is a multi-center collaborative dedicated to improving neonatal transitions in all phases of care – from birth to home.

Improve Care During the Most Vulnerable Times for Infants, Families, and Care Teams

In The Ins & Outs of Neonatal Care quality improvement collaborative, teams will work with expert faculty in a structured improvement process to achieve and sustain improvement during transitions.

Every day countless transitions of care occur for newborns and their families as they navigate the “ins” and “outs” of care. As recognized by The Joint Commission, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Quality Forum,  each transition represents a vulnerable period with the potential for serious harm and improving care during these times is essential to the quality, safety, and value of care for newborns and families.

Learn more about the background and our approach to this QI collaborative with an informational webinar on October 24, 2018 at 3:00 PM EST. Click here to register for the webinar.

Every Infant, Family, and Team Experiences Countless Transitions Across All Phases of Care

A critical transition is any change in an infant’s site of care, significant change in their status or plan of care, or a change in the infant’s care team. These transitions occur within a hospital or health system and between several hospitals and communities and contribute to increased length of stay, separation from families, inefficient use of resources, and sub-optimal care.

The global aim of the collaborative is to establish a shared definition of critical transitions and mutual accountability in the system of care to provide care during transitions that meets the Institute of Medicine STEEEPS criteria. Participating teams will work to provide care during transitions for every newborn that is:

  • Safe
  • Timely
  • Efficient
  • Effective
  • Equitable
  • Patient- and family-centered
  • Socially responsible

Teams will also have the opportunity to participate in accelerated experience-based co-design in partnership with families.

How Participating Teams Will Improve Critical Transitions

In The Ins & Outs of Neonatal Care, hundreds of centers from around the world improve together to transform the patient and family experience and advance quality, safety, and value across the entire continuum of neonatal care.

As teams address a specific clinical focus, they learn and adopt QI methodology that can be applied to future challenges. The goal of this collaborative is to sustain improvement, not just achieve improved outcomes once, and to continue to demonstrate accomplishments with data-driven research and reports.

In partnership with parents, we can implement potentially better practices to:

  • Improve the quality of care
  • Decrease unnecessary NICU admissions to avoid overuse and misuse of NICU beds
  • Decrease excessive length of stay
  • Decrease excessive length of separation from families
  • Avoid hospital re-admissions
  • Demonstrate measurable improvement

Learn more about the VON Collaborative Framework.

Benefits to Participating Teams

VON’s faculty of world experts in neonatal care, quality improvement, and implementation science will guide and motivate teams as they work through a structured curriculum. Tools and resources for The Ins and Outs of Neonatal Care include:

  • VON Day Audit of current practices to provide baseline gap analysis and to track progress over time.
  • Interactive webinars for improvement teams. The webinars are recorded for the entire interdisciplinary team to access and for international participants in different time zones.
  • Continuing education credits (CME/CNE/CPE) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit for qualifying physicians
  • Online classrooms guided by expert faculty focused on improvement science and QI methodology
  • Coaching and toolkit from QI experts to apply evidence-based practices
  • Real-world examples of improvement from leading teams demonstrating results
  • Opportunity to share improvement data at VON’s Annual Quality Congress and coaching to develop compelling, data-driven abstracts
  • In-person collaboration at VON’s Annual Quality Congress and improvement symposium*
  • Online course developed in partnership with the IHI, Practical Foundations in Improvement Science, to build QI capacity for entire team*
  • Deep dive webinars focused on accelerated experience-based co-design in partnership with families*

*Included in Intensive-level; optional for Core-level

How to Join

  • Decide if your center wants to participate at the Core or Intensive level
  • Register by filling out this form by December 1, 2018 (invoices will be sent separately)


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