Hospital Honored for Efforts in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Posted on June 27, 2018

Bronson Children’s Hospital in Kalamazoo Recognized

Andrea Scheurer-Monaghan, MD, neonatologist, Bronson Children’s Hospital, accepted the Advancing Safe Care Award for the team.The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) antibiotic stewardship team at Bronson Children’s Hospital, Kalamazoo, was honored with the 2018 MHA Advancing Safe Care Award during the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island.

The Advancing Safe Care Award recognizes healthcare teams within MHA-member hospitals who carry out four specific goals: lead the charge for quality improvement; promote transparency to improve healthcare; achieve better outcomes due to a strong culture of safety; and demonstrate a commitment to providing quality care to diverse patient populations.

The 2018 winning team includes Peg J. Malnight, MSN, RN, outcomes coordinator; Andrea M. Scheurer-Monaghan, MD, neonatologist; Jamie McCune, RN; and Shannon McLogan, PharmD, clinical pharmacist. Bronson’s leadership team, information technology staff and entire NICU staff also played a key role in making the program a success.  

Evidence suggests that widespread use of antibiotics for premature infants is not needed, and unnecessary antibiotic use can have harmful short- and long-term health effects. In addition, many infants receive antibiotics without evidence of an infection, which can adversely affect their health and cause future antibiotic resistance.

Over the past two years, the NICU antibiotic stewardship team at Bronson Children’s Hospital has developed a comprehensive approach to prevent unnecessary antibiotic exposure. It ensures each infant receives the correct antibiotics for the appropriate duration, while also educating families at the bedside.

The team’s primary goal has been to decrease the antibiotic utilization rate in the NICU by 10 percent, while keeping infections at bay. The team exceeded that goal, reaching a 26 percent reduction, without an increase in infections since 2016. A new goal is to achieve another 10 percent decrease by December 2018.

In addition, the team celebrated 500 consecutive infection-free days in early May and is continuing to discharge a growing number of infants with very low birth weights who never received a single dose of antibiotics.

Watch this video about the winning team and its efforts to improve patient safety and quality in the NICU. For more information about the Advancing Safe Care Award, contact Ashley Sandborn at the MHA. 


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