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Quality Congress 2014

Announcing the 2014 VON Annual Quality Congress!
Join your peers and colleagues from around the world in Chicago this fall for Vermont Oxford Network’s premier gatherings of NICU professionals dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and value of neonatal care. The Annual Quality Congress theme is Reducing Major Morbidities in the NICU. Plenary sessions will explore these cutting-edge topics:

  • The Future Is Now! Automating VON Data From Your EMR
  • Can Quality Improvement Decrease Your Rate of BPD?
  • Life After CLABSI . . . A View From the CDC
  • The Ethical Imperative for Improvement
  • Applying Network Science to Improve NICU Outcomes
  • The Developing Human Connectome
  • Innovation in Action: What Can We Learn From Innovative Units From Around the World?

Register now to reserve your space!

At the 2013 Quality Congress, more than 1,000 members of the worldwide community of neonatal practice convened in Chicago in October to learn together how to provide the best possible neonatal care while strengthening our community of practice by building new ties with colleagues from around the world. Click here to view two important presentations on oxygen saturation alarms and target ranges that are critical to your clinical practice and will fuel your QI aimed at meeting this new patient safety goal. More 2013 recordings are available to VON Members to help you spread the seeds of improvement and change through your organization.

We look forward to learning with you and from you in Chicago.

NICQ Next: Innovations in Newborn Care
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The Vermont Oxford Network’s new quality improvement collaborative launched in January 2014, with a record number of 58 teams committed to improving the quality, safety, and value of care in their centers.

It’s not too late for your center to join! New this year is a rolling admissions process – four homerooms with expert faculty are ready to launch, including Infection Reduction, Teams and Teamwork, Using People Wisely: Staffing Solutions, and The NICU of the Future. View the roster of world-class faculty for each homeroom, and hear what a leading Harvard neonatologist and health policy analyst reports about the economic value of participating in VON Collaboratives.

If your center would like to join NICQ Next: Innovations in Newborn Care, click here or contact Michael Frace RRT, NNP-BC, 802.865.4814 x249.

Virtual Video Visits Bring Frontline Innovations to NICQ Next
New this year to the NICQ Collaborative curricula are internet-based visits to centers of bold innovation in neonatal care. The Vermont Oxford Network has searched the newborn care / NICU landscape for early adopters to serve as models of innovation and improvement for NICQ Next. Participating teams will experience innovation by “virtually” visiting some leading-edge NICU settings, selected for their targeted clinical programs and/or new and intriguing models of care. Featured centers of innovation include:

3 videos 1. Care by Parent NICU / Clinical Focus on Early Provision of Human Milk: University Hospital - Uppsala, Sweden
2. Building Capacity for Improvement / Clinical Focus on Infection: Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital–Wilmington, North Carolina
3. Neuro-Intensive Care Units / Clinical Focus on Brain Injury: University of San Francisco and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford – Palo Alto, California

If you want to collaboratively learn with 58 teams from around the world and target innovations and quality improvements for your center, click here or contact Michael Frace RRT, NNP-BC / 802.865.4814 x249.

iNICQ 2014: Structuring Success in the Care of Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Our NEW Internet Collaborative, Structuring Success in the Care of Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome begins in January. This provides a great opportunity to participate in quality improvement through web conferencing. There is still time to register . . . .

Maintenance of Certification
The American Board of Pediatrics has recently approved several of the Vermont Oxford Network Collaboratives, both NICQs and iNICQs, as a source of credit for Maintenance of Certification, Part 4. Learn more and review detailed criteria for submission.

Cochrane Neonatal Review Group (CNRG)
We recommend the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group (CNRG) as a great resource for our members. Cochrane The CNRG is one of over 50 collaborative review groups of the Cochrane Collaboration. The CNRG produces and disseminates evidence-based, regularly updated reviews of the effects of therapies in neonatal-perinatal medicine.

The CNRG is funded by The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (USA). Reviews can be found in the Cochrane Library or on the NICHD web site which maintains an Internet archive of the neonatal reviews. VON co-sponsors a series of bi-yearly Cochrane web conferences that explore topics covered by Cochrane Reviews such as delivery room management and respiratory support.

A Community of Practice
This article, The Vermont Oxford Network: A Community of Practice, authored by the Directors of the Vermont Oxford Network was published in the March 2010 issue of Clinics in Perinatology. The article concludes: “... that the neonatology community is an evolving worldwide community of practice in which health professionals and families around the world are engaged in collective learning about our shared domain of human endeavor, providing high-quality and safe care to newborn infants and their families. The Vermont Oxford Network looks forward to providing the tools and resources to help this community of practice continue to grow and flourish. ” The full text of this article is available here.

About Us
The Vermont Oxford Network is a non-profit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals established in 1988. Today, the Network is comprised of over 950 Neonatal Intensive Care Units around the world.

Mission: to improve the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families through a coordinated program of research, education and quality improvement projects.

Vision: to establish a worldwide community of practice, dedicated to providing all newborn infants and their families with the best possible and ever improving perinatal and neonatal care.


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