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College of Public Health

Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative

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Past Projects

  • PAIRED: Family-Centered Care in the NICU 

    PAIRED Initiative

    PAIRED was designed to help NICUs develop and implement unit-specific strategies that improve how a family engages with the NICU staff, to assist in the care of their infant in a way that provides value to the family and to the NICU team. As its centerpiece project, this initiative helped facilitate adoption or expansion of safe skin-to-skin care, which has a growing evidence base for achieving better infant and family outcomes.

  • Promoting Primary Vaginal Deliveries (PROVIDE)

    Promoting Primary Vaginal Deliveries (PROVIDE)

    The goal of the PROVIDE Initiative was to improve maternal and newborn outcomes by applying evidence-based interventions to promote primary vaginal deliveries at Florida delivery hospitals and ultimately reduce NTSV cesareans.

  • Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE)

    Maternal Opioid Recovery Effort (MORE)

    This project’s purpose was to work with providers, hospitals, and other stakeholders to improve identification, clinical care and coordinated treatment/support for pregnant women with opioid use disorder and their infants.

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

    Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Project

    The purpose of this project was to work with Florida NICUs and stakeholders to standardize approaches to address variability in NAS management and decrease neonatal length of stay related to NAS.
  • Access LARC Initiative

    The goal of this project was to work with Florida hospitals to improve hospital policies, procedures, and collaboration to increase access to immediate postpartum long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) usage, and to work with Medicaid, and other payers and state partners, to facilitate their use. 

    View the Access LARC website.

  • Birth Certificate Improvement (BCI) Project

    The Birth Certificate Initiative's purpose was to improve the accuracy of birth certificate reporting for health care quality improvement and public health purposes. It ran from 2018 - 2019. Archived training webinars and resources are available at the BCI website.

  • Mother's Own Milk in the NICU (MOM) Initiative

    The aim of the Mother's Own Milk (MOM) project was to increase the number of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants in Florida who receive mothers own milk (MOM) at NICU discharge by focusing on intent to provide breast milk, establishing and maintaining mothers' supply, and transitioning to the breast.

    Visit the Mother's Own Milk (MOM) project website. 

  • Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP)

    Hypertension in Pregnancy (HIP) Initiative

    The HIP Initiative launched in 2015, with participating of 32 Florida and 1 Colombia hospital. The project focused on reduction of short and long-term morbidity and mortality related to pregnancy hypertension; Proper screening, diagnosis and management of hypertensive disorders; Timely recognition and quick, organized response to preeclampsia; and Proper discharge screening and planning, including patient education. In 2017, this project entered a Sustainability Phase.

  • Antenatal Corticosteroids Teatment (ACT)

    Antenatal Corticosteroid Treatment (ACT)

    As part of the March of Dimes Big 5 Perinatal Collaborative, the FPQC will be exploring timely and appropriate administration of antenatal corticosteroids (ACS). 11 Florida hospitals participated in this pilot from 2016-2017.

  • The Golden Hour: Delivery Room Management

    The Golden Hour: Delivery Room Management

    This project addressed the transition from fetal to neonatal life of newborns with a gestational age less than 30 6/7 weeks or birth weight less than 1500 grams. This QI initiative focused on the effects of Delivery Room management practices - including teamwork, thermoregulation, oxygen administration and delayed cord clamping.

  • Obstetric Hemorrhage Initiative (OHI)

    Obstetric Hemorrhage Initiative (OHI)

    In order to address Florida's pregnancy-related mortality, the FPQC's maternal health advisors developed a Florida quality improvement Obstetric Hemorrhage Initiative (OHI) to address one of the largest and most preventable causes of maternal mortality in Florida. 

  • Reducing Non-Medically Indicated Deliveries (NMID) <39 Weeks (2010-2011 Project)

    March of Dimes Big 5 Project: Reducing Non-Medically Indicated Deliveries (NMID) <39 Weeks

    More than 30 years ago, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) created guidelines advising obstetricians against elective deliveries without medical indications before 39 weeks gestation in order to improve the health outcomes of babies. According to ACOG, the last few weeks of a healthy pregnancy are necessary for the full development of some vital organs, such as the brain and lungs. Despite these guidelines, NMID <39 weeks gestational age steadily had been increasing in the United States by 2010 – with variability in the rates of such deliveries ranging from 5 - 40+%. At that time, the March of Dimes (MOD) decided to create a national collaborative comprised of the five most populous states – Florida, California, Texas, New York and Illinois – and to focus the Big 5 Collaborative’s first quality improvement (QI) initiative on eliminating NMID <39 weeks.

    With a seed grant from the MOD to represent Florida, the FPQC focused its efforts on recruiting hospitals and educating practitioners. The FPQC and the MOD partnered to aid the efforts of six Florida hospitals in the Big 5 Hospital QI Project, a year-long pilot test of the “California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Elimination of Non-Medically Indicated (Elective) Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestational Age” toolkit. The goal of the project was to change hospital policies and procedures to avoid scheduling these types of inductions or cesareans. To monitor project outcomes, data were collected on live births that were singleton, Florida residents and “term” pregnancies (370/7 – 386/7) with no medical conditions prior to or during pregnancies.

    Each hospital was responsible for gathering together a QI team with a physician champion, nurse leader, scheduler and staff member. Without existing protocols in place, the hospitals’ QI teams were trained by the FPQC with the MOD on how to implement the California toolkit. Training included:
    Establishing consistent policies and procedures for scheduling guidelines
    1. Creating a uniform scheduling form 
    2. Applying a “Hard Stop” policy process 
    3. Collecting and inputting data accurately into the MOD national web data portal 
    The FPQC also coordinated Grand Rounds and other educational and promotional opportunities to help gain more staff buy-in.

    Between January and December 2011: The hospitals input their de-identified data from the scheduling forms into the data portal. Improvement was monitored by each hospital through monthly and quarterly reports as well as monthly phone calls with the MOD and the FPQC to check individual progress, compare status against others, share new ideas for enhancements and discuss challenges and opportunities.

    The project was extremely effective, and the results were published by the MOD at the national level. To access the abstract for "A Multistate Quality Improvement Program to Decrease Elective Deliveries Before 39 Weeks Gestation," please click here.

    39 Weeks
    The success of the project attracted the interest of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and others. With continued funding from the MOD and new funding from the FHA, the FPQC has started a current project expanding the initiative on eliminating early elective deliveries (EED) through the Health Engagement Network (HEN) to more Florida hospitals.
  • Early Elective Deliveries (EED)

    Early Elective Deliveries (EED)

    With the success of its partnership in the March of Dimes (MOD) 2011 Big 5 Project to reduce non-medically indicated deliveries <39 weeks gestation, the FPQC has expanded this initiative to more Florida hospitals by continuing to work with the MOD and ACOG District XII.

  • Neonatal Catheter Associated Blood Stream Infection (NCABSI)

    NCABSIThe FPQC is one of the original 9 state Collaboratives in the NCABSI initiative which began in December 2011 with the goal of reducing central line associated infections through the application of defined insertion and maintenance toolkits. This project was the FPQC’s first newborn QI initiative.
    Sixteen Florida Level III NICUs signed on to implement the existing protocol utilized across the nine-state project for Phase I, which was completed in December 2012. During Phase I, the Florida NICUs provided a quarter of the data and had a substantial impact on the national progress of the project – with Florida outperforming the national average in certain key measures.

    Phase II began in January 2013 (red line in figure) with the goal of maintaining the gains achieved in Phase I. The NCABSI project expanded nationally to include 13 states and over 150 NICUs. The 16 Florida NICUs involved have been the largest single data contributor, with over 7800 of the 40,000 lines and over 86,000 of the 376,000 line days.

    NCABSI Graph

    Florida has reduced central line infection by over 58.8% by August 2013. Detailed results between December 2011 and August 2013 indicated that 150 infections were avoided in Florida - saving 18 lives, reducing length of stay by more than 1,199 days and saving over $7.9 million.

    The effort included individual site visits by the state Lead Investigator, conference calls involving participating centers and a series of webinars on utilizing the American Hospital Association's Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) to achieve and sustain culture change. The spirit of cooperation and collaboration which grew out of this project will give Florida a strong foundation for future projects.

    If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Dr. Douglas E. Hardy at .

    For detailed information on the NCABSI initiative presented at the FPQC’s 2013 Annual Neonatal-Focused Meeting (September 2013), please click here.

    November 2013 Update