Dr. Kaempf outlines the development of a risk-adjusted composite morbidity and mortality score for VLBW infants, and explores the only website-available resource utilization tool used for tracking multiple ongoing continuous quality improvement (CQI) projects within an NICU. Morbidities have complex etiologies and outcomes are intertwined; thus, an overall "Big Picture" of CQI efforts is clarifying, edifying, and a practical way to enhance overall value and family satisfaction in all NICUs.
Describe the web-based tool that NICUs can use to calculate composite morbidity and resource utilization scores.
Discuss future CQI efforts and what they should address.
Medical Director CQI and Clinical Research,
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center