Next Webinar: Tuesesday, February 14th, 2017  12:00 PM

Setting the Stage for Family Engagement in ASNS - register here

- Discuss parent education material on common antibiotics and how to incorporate families into ASNS work.


Tuesesday, March 14th, 2017  12:00 PM

Blood Cultures! - register here

- Review of proper technique for blood culture collection 

- Explain process of blood culture identification


Tuesday, April 11th, 2017  12:00 PM

Parent education on common antibiotics - register here

- Discuss parent education material on common antibiotics 

- Explain process for including parents/family in sepsis education

For those of you requiring IRB approval click here.


Pre-work/Work Action Plan 

Required pre-work/work for participation in ASNS


Joining the Initiative

Please submit a PQIT Roster for your team

Roster Changes: Please make sure to send me any changes in your team roster.  We would like to be able to provide all team members with the latest information about the initiative and we can only do that with your help.



View Snapshot questions

Complete snapshot questionnaire


Initiative Baseline Data:

The official start date for Baseline data is November 1 2016.  Any patient admitted on November 1st is eligible for the ASNS baseline data collection.

Baseline Data Collection Dictionary

Baseline Data Collection Tool

Accessing Reports


Initiative Action Plans/Work Plans 

ASNS Action Plan


Initiative Data: The official start date for Initiative Data Collection is February 01 2017.  Any patient admitted on February 1st is eligible for the ASNS database.  

ASNS Data Dictionary

ASNS Data Collection Tool

Accessing Reports


Attention Data Collectors:  

Instructions on how to obtain access to Delphi to submit data.



Monthly webinars will be held on the 2nd Tuesesday of every month at 12:00pm beginning in March.  Please go ahead and reserve these dates on your calendars.


Team Meetings: 

Your team will need to schedule at least monthly meetings to review data, make plans for PDSA cycles, and plan for next steps. 


Executive Champion:

Please set up times to meet with your Executive Champions to update them on your progress and to ask for their help to meet your goals. PQCNC would suggest you meet with them every other month but no less than every quarter.


Maintenance of Certification (MOC):

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has approved the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC) application for Antibiotic Stewardship and Newborn Sepsis (ASNS) Project. This project is approved for the period 11/01/2016 - 09/30/2018. Physicians who participate in this project and meet ABP completion requirements will receive credit for the Performance in Practice component of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

PQCNC ASNS ABP MOC Approval Letter by kcochran on Scribd

Ready to register? Not ready to register but need to learn more? Want to be kept informed as North Carolina moves forward with the AIM Initiative?  Use this link.

Intend to Register? Click here

Ready to get started and submit your team roster? Click here.

PQCNC is proud to announce that registration is now open for well newborn, Special Care Nurseries and NICUs for the statewide Antibiotic Stewardship/Newborn Sepsis (ASNS) initiative. The goal of this critical project, a project selected by the PQCNC membership, is to reduce antibiotic exposure in newborns by 20%, to be achieved via standardization of newborn sepsis evaluations in Newborn and Special Care Nurseries and the NICU and timely discontinuation of antibiotics with culture negative evaluations.

Standardization of sepsis evaluations and reductions in antibiotic exposure should lead to reduced length of stay and reductions in antimicrobial resistance. Additional potential benefits include less separation of mothers and babies, improved breastfeeding rates, and reduced NEC in NICUs.

The ASNS Expert Team, composed of 54 members including physicians, nurses, infection control experts, pharmacists and hospital executive leadership, have created a concise action plan which will guide hospital ASNS teams in this work as well as measures which will guide teams and the collaborative in this work.

The ASNS collaborative will be facilitated by the PQCNC core team working with your hospital teams and, as with all PQCNC initiatives, will include monthly webinars and quarterly face to face learning sessions as well as weekly email updates to keep all apprised of new reports on the topic, opportunities to excel developed by teams, and critical developments in the collaborative.

The PQCNC ASNS initiative offers your facility a unique, structured opportunity to address the challenges of antibiotic stewardship and the morbidity and mortality resulting from antibiotic resistance. This project will be approved for Maintenance of Certification for your physician providers. Our face to face learning sessions will offer CEU and CME credit. 

This all is at NO cost to your hospital.

Want to join us on this incredible journey? - use the links above.

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Questions? - click here