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iNICQ 2014: Structuring Success in the Care of Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Launches January 2014

The Vermont Oxford Network is pleased to announce our 14th internet-based quality improvement collaborative. care by parent Please consider joining us in the quest to measure, learn, improve and share potentially better practices in the care of infants and families affected by maternal substance abuse disorder (SAD) and neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). We invite currently participating centers, as well as new centers and state regional perinatal collaborative networks, to build upon the success of iNICQ 2013, which enrolled 205 centers from 42 states, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

The over-prescription, diversion, and/or illegal use of street drugs or prescription medications is reaching epidemic proportions in key areas of the United States. In the adult population deaths from prescription drug overdoses totaled 36,450 in 2008, closely rivaling the 39,973 deaths from motor vehicle crashes as a leading cause of death and injury (CDC, 2011). Substance abuse in pregnancy is a growing problem. The rapid cycle vertical transmission of drug dependence, from mothers to infants, has created a major public health burden for maternal and child healthcare systems across the U.S.

Our Aim
We aim to assist multidisciplinary teams at participating hospitals in identifying improvement opportunities and to encourage them to implementation 3 potentially better practices.

iNICQ logo PBP 1: Develop and implement a standardized process for the identification, evaluation, treatment and discharge management of an infant with neonatal abstinence syndrome.
PBP 2. Develop and implement a standardized process for measuring and reporting rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome and drug exposure.
PBP 3:Create a culture of compassion, understanding, and healing for the mother infant dyad affected by the problem of neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Our Methods
  • Participate in dynamic internet-based Webinars, designed for teams who are focused on improving the quality, safety and value of care for infants and families affected by NAS.
  • Use the Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Toolkit to structure, design, test and implement local and regional improvements.
  • Provide 24/7 access to the VON NAS Core and Intensive Curriculum, and get CME / CN credits for participation.
  • Use the Virtual Video Visit Facilitator’s Field guide to create and deliver engaging local and regional educational events.
  • Learn from innovative centers of excellence and hospitals who are demonstrating clear improvement.
  • Measure your progress using the innovative VON Day Quality Audit, which provides your center with the local data upon which to build improvement.
  • Benchmark your progress against regional, state, and national data.
  • Submit your QI project work to the Vermont Oxford Network to get Maintenance of Certification credit for individuals or physician team members.
Structure for the iNICQ 2014 NAS Collaborative Improvement Project (Core Curriculum)
  • Baseline local assessments, team building and session pre-readings and work.
  • Five 90-minute Internet-based Webinars conducted from January to September 2014 comprised of expert evidence reviews, program highlights from centers of excellence, improvement knowledge and tools, and followed by 30- minute post-session work sessions designed to assist local teams in structuring success.
  • Access to world-class faculty experts, who participate in every web session, and are accessible for questions and answers throughout the year, via the robust list-serve.
  • Virtual Video Visit to a Center of Excellence.
  • Access to a host of quality improvement tools and resources on NICQpedia, the “collaborative members only” learning platform.
print pdf of detailed core curriculum

Structure for the iNICQ 2014 NAS Collaborative Intensive Track (Elective)
Participants in the iNICQ 2014 Intensive Track will have the opportunity to participate in an accelerated quality improvement series that is designed to help organizations execute and sustain their QI efforts. The Intensive Track includes all the core curriculum plus:
  • Four additional 60-minute Internet-based learning sessions led by experienced QI faculty.
  • Collaboration with the existing NICQ Centers to identify effective QI strategies.
  • A face-to-face 1 day Symposium, designed to foster learning and cross pollination with the NICQ Next: Innovations in Newborn Care teams, held in Chicago IL, in conjunction with the 2014 Vermont Oxford Network Annual Quality Congress.
print pdf of detailed intensive curriculum

How to Register
The Network will provide ongoing curricular offerings and serial measurement of each centers progress. Rolling admissions will be accepted and new teams will have access to all of the 2013 and 2014 collaborative materials.

iNICQ 2014 Core $3500 per VON member hospital
$6000 per non-VON members
iNICQ 2014 Intensive $6000 per VON member hospital
$8500 per non-VON members
Note: Intensive includes all Core benefits listed above

Please share information about this collaborative with your NICU team and partners.

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