Initiative

Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS)

Formerly known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), NOWS refers to the collection of signs and symptoms that may occur in opioid-exposed newborns shortly after birth. Between 2010 and 2013, the number of infants with NOWS doubled with a total cost exceeding $23 million in Alabama. The ALPQC aims to reduce variation in treatment and optimize the care of infants with NOWS with goals of optimizing nonpharmacologic management, pharmacologic management, and provideing a safe discharge for infants and mothers.

Project Aim

Our global aim is to optimize inpatient care strategies for infants born with neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. Specifically, among infants born with NOWS at > 35 weeks GA in participating hospitals, by April 2022 we aim to:

Reduce length of stay by 20%

Reduce exposure to pharm care by 20%

Increase the percentage of infants discharged with a coordinated care plan to 95%

REDCap Data Portal Submission Schedule

 

Monthly Data Measures* Due Date Quarterly Data Measures Due Date
September 2022 November 30, 2022 July – September 2022 November 30, 2022
October 2022 November 30, 2022
November 2022 December 31, 2022
December 2022 January 31, 2023 October – December 2022 January 31, 2023
January 2023 February 28, 2023
February 2023 March 31, 2023
March 2023 April 30, 2023 January – March 2023 April 30, 2023
April 2023 May 31, 2023
May 2023 June 30, 2023
June 2023 July 31, 2023 April – June 2023 July 31, 2023
July 2023 August 31, 2023
August 2023 September 30, 2023
September 2023 October 31, 2023 July – September 2023 October 31, 2023
October 2023 November 30, 2023
November 2023 December 31, 2023
December 2023 January 31, 2024 October – December 2023 January 31, 2024

*Links for monthly data collection will be shared with data entry designees on the first of each month.

Toolkit

Care Team Education

Increase Use of Patient-Centered Language

General Resources

Naloxone

Safe Sleep

Collaborative Discharge Plan & Patient Education

Collaborative Discharge Tools

Peer Support

Naloxone education

Family Education

Safe Sleep (NEW)

Other resources:

    Action Period Calls & Webinars

    2023
    • October 2023 Action Period Call: Transition into Sustainability | Slides
    • August 2023 Action Period Call: Data Overview & Hospital Team Share | Slides
    • July 2023 Action Period Call: Data Overview | Slides
    • June 2023 Action Period Call: Hospital Team Share | Slides
    • April 2023 Action Period Call: Hospital Team Share | Slides
    • February 2023 Action Period Call: Hospital Team Share & Data Updates | Slides
    2022

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