iNICQ 2014: Structuring Success in the Care of Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal
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. The collaborative includes five ninety minute web sessions,
one in-person session and 2 VON Days Quality Audits. An Intensive Track is also available to help organizations execute and sustain their QI efforts. Learn more . . . .
NICQ Next: Innovations in Newborn Care 2014 & 2015
The Vermont Oxford Network is pleased to announce the launch of NICQ Next, the next generation of improvement collaboratives, focused on innovation. In the rapidly changing healthcare environment, true innovation is a critical skill needed to survive and
thrive; however, innovation rarely happens in isolation. This 2-year improvement collaborative will provide both a structure and discipline for
healthcare teams, in partnership with families, to improve the quality, safety, efficiency and value of neonatal care.
Announcing the new Vermont Oxford Network logo!
We believe the new logo communicates the connections that join us as a community of practice, a network of individuals and teams learning and sharing together with a
common purpose. By stressing the connections among us, rather than the lines of latitude and longitude that separate us, we hope to capture both the
spirit and the promise of the Vermont Oxford Network. We will be rolling out this new image in our materials and websites over the coming months.
Tikur Anbessa NICU Project; Volunteers Needed
Approximately 120,000 babies die every year in the first four weeks of life in Ethiopia. Currently, there is only one neonatologist in
Ethiopia, based at the Tikur Anbessa Hospital, the major teaching hospital for Addis Ababa University. The Tikur Anbessa NICU also is
staffed with 3 neonatology fellows, several consulting pediatricians, medical students, and 13 NICU nurses. The neonatal unit is able
to accommodate as many as 60 patients and has an average daily census of between 20 and 40 infants.
Vermont Oxford Network, in partnership with Dr. Bogale Worku in the Department of Pediatrics at Addis Ababa University, supports
teams from US hospitals to work alongside the NICU team at the Tikur Anbessa Hospital.
Learn more about the Tikur Anbessa NICU Project and how you can get involved.
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.
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
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.