Outcomes of a Neonatal Golden Hour Implementation Project

Terri L Ashmeade, Laura Haubner, Sherie Collins, Branko Miladinovic, Karen Fugate
American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality 2016, 31 (1): 73-80
The objective of this study was to implement and evaluate a quality improvement project (the golden hour pathway [GHP]) aimed at improving the quality and efficiency of care delivered to extremely low birth weight (ELBW) infants <28 weeks gestation and/or <1000 g birth weight during the first hour of life. Process improvement and patient data collected during the quality improvement cycles were compared with retrospective data for ELBW infants admitted to the study neonatal intensive care unit during the 2 years prior to GHP implementation. GHP implementation resulted in improvements compared with past internal performance in time to surfactant administration, time to administration of dextrose and amino acids, body temperature at admission, odds of developing chronic lung disease, and odds of developing retinopathy of prematurity. A standardized interdisciplinary approach to the care of ELBW infants in the first hour of life can lead to more efficient care delivery and contribute to improved outcomes.

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