Last year in our unit, the staff (MD/RT/RN/PT/OT/ST/nutrition) decided to form committees to develop interventions to attack a few problem areas in our unit:
1. Breastfeeding rate: Abysmal 40%...... now >85%
2. Chronic Lung Disease: Abysmal 40%.....now<25%
3. IVH: Abysmal 75th percentile in Vermont-Oxford network for III/IV IVH rates in infants <1500gm......now in bottom of 25th percentile in the network.
Needless to say, we're ecstatic, not only because so many babies were helped by this, but because this is proof that a staff-level (NO MANAGEMENT) grassroots effort could be so effective in only one year!!
Anyway, enough tooting my unit's horn!!
This year, we are choosing 3 more areas to attack while continuing to improve on last year's. Here are the staff's top 3:
1. Decrease infection rate
2. Improve noise levels in the unit
3. Improve parent satisfaction
As we start to form groups and begin research
, have any of you had any luck with one of these areas? Any ideas as far as staff involvement techniques, protocols, equipment, educational resources, etc that you've found effective in your own units would be greatly appreciated. I really appreciate the help you all have offered over the last few years...there are many great minds at work in the NICU forum!!!:bowingpur