Initiatives

To achieve tangible results, you have to have ambitious initiatives. (We do.)

  • The goal of the How's Your Baby Initiative is to adapt and make available the parent survey tool "How's Your Baby?" developed by Bill Edwards, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock School of Medicine for use by individual centers to evaluate and improve the NCCC experience for families with a particular focus on understanding parent perceptions of readiness for discharge and parent satisfaction with care.

  • The goal of the Immunization Registry Initiative is to enroll all newborns admitted to Newborn Critical Care nurseries in North Carolina in the state registry (NCIR) prior to discharge from the hospital.The North Carolina Immunization Registry (NCIR) is a secure, web-based clinical tool which has become the official source for North Carolina immunization information. The NCIR will take the place of handwritten charting of immunizations administered in the state.

  • With the potential to impact outcomes at every center and improve the health of a large population of North Carolina patients, and with recent support from the Division of Medical Assistance,, the goal of the Catheter Associated Blood Stream Infections (CABSI) Initiative is to reduce CABSI by 75% in participating Newborn Critical Care Centers by reducing the number of line days and by standardizing insertion and line maintenance.

  • The goal of this initiative is to eliminate elective deliveries under 39 weeks’ gestation without documented pulmonary maturity studies in participating hospitals

  • The three pillars of PQCNC are the spread of clinically effective, family centered and fiscally responsible care practices across the state of North Carolina.

  • The exclusive human milk for babies (EHM4B) neonatal health initiative will focus on the use of human milk in hospitals for infant nutrition. Tracks have been designed for Newborn Critical Care Centers (NCCC) to focus on supports and barriers to getting mother’s milk for babies under 1500 grams and/or for maternity care centers to focus on supporting mothers choice to provide exclusive breastfeeding for their term infants. The initiative will reduce variations in care and increase the number of infants nourished by mother’s milk.

  • The 2010-2011 maternal health initiative seeks to improve the rate of vaginal birth among first-time mothers, women who come to labor and delivery intending to give birth vaginally but who may end up with a c-section, sometimes as a result of the failure to apply evidence-based, best practice care.  PQCNC's goal is to increase the rate of vaginal birth in this population by 25% by January 2012.  Each participating hospital will set its own site-specific goal.

  • PQCNC has been formally contracted by the American Hospital Association to spearhead a National CABSI project (NCABSI).  Marty McCaffrey will serve as the national clinical leader for this project.  At the state level the initiative in North Carolina will be led by Dr. Sheri Carroll, Neonatologist with Coastal Carolina Neonatology with the help of Brandi Page, Neonatal ICU Nurse Manager at Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital.

  • The exclusive human milk for babies (EHM4B) neonatal health initiative will focus on the use of human milk in hospitals for infant nutrition. The Well Baby track will focus on supporting mothers choice to provide exclusive breastfeeding for their term infants. The initiative will reduce variations in care and increase the number of infants nourished by mother’s milk.

  • A recent national study indicated that illicit drug use is 16.2% among pregnant teens and 7.4% among pregnant women aged 18 to 25 years. Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome in newborns following birth. While this is a growing population in our hospitals there remains no standards of care or treatment.

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