Tennessee Hospitals Lead the Nation in Improving Care for Opioid-Exposed Infants and Families

State achieves State of Excellence in Education and Training award for neonatal abstinence syndrome

Vermont Oxford Network (VON) has awarded a “State of Excellence in Education and Training for Infants and Families Affected by Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome” designation to the state of Tennessee in partnership with the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPQC) and supported by Vermont Oxford Network with the goal of standardizing care for infants and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

The award recognizes that at least 85 percent of multidisciplinary care teams participating in the “Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Collaborative: Improving Care to Improve Outcomes” completed universal training for care of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).

Neonatal abstinence syndrome is drug withdrawal syndrome experienced by infants exposed to opioids while in utero. Infants born with NAS are more likely to have respiratory complications, feeding difficulty, low birthweights, and extended hospital stays.

Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care (TIPCQ) partnered with VON to provide 30 hospitals universal training designed to standardize care policies. The collaborative approach to universal training included rapid-cycle distribution of current evidence-based practices to the entire interdisciplinary workforce engaged in caring for substance-exposed infants and families. This approach has been proven to reduce length of hospital stay and length of pharmacologic treatment while increasing family satisfaction.

“Congratulations to all the care teams across the state of Tennessee who have shown how dedicated the state is to caring for the most vulnerable population affected by the national opioid epidemic.”

Jeffrey Horbar, Chief Executive and Scientific Officer of VON

As a global leader in data-driven quality improvement for newborn care, VON leads multi-center quality improvement collaboratives and provides resources to help interdisciplinary teams improve on the most critical and complex challenges facing newborn caregivers. While more than 250 centers nationwide have completed VON’s universal training for NAS, Tennessee is the third statewide collaborative to achieve the Excellence in Education and Training distinction.

Congratulations to these hospitals receiving the designation as a VON Center for Excellence:

  • Baptist Memorial Hospital
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center
  • East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
  • Erlanger East Hospital
  • Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
  • Hardin Medical Center
  • Henry County Medical Center
  • Jackson Madison County General Hospital
  • Johnson City Medical Center
  • Maury Regional Medical Center
  • Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital
  • Methodist South Hospital
  • Regional One Health
  • Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital
  • Saint Thomas River Park Hospital
  • Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital
  • St. Francis Hospital
  • St. Francis Hospital Memphis
  • Sumner Regional Medical Center
  • West TN Healthcare – Dyersburg
  • The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial
  • TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center
  • TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt Tullahoma – Harton
  • Williamson Medical Center

About Vermont Oxford Network

Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a worldwide community of health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality, safety, and value of care for newborn infants and their families through a coordinated program of data-driven quality improvement, education, and research. Members use confidential information from the world’s largest and most comprehensive databases of infant data to benchmark their practices and outcomes and identify areas for improvement. Teams from around the world address critical and complex challenges of newborn care with evidence-based quality improvement methods guided by VON expert faculty and resources. www.vtoxford.org.