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Quality & Safety

In the UVA Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), delivering the highest-quality care possible for very sick and small infants is our top priority. Achieving our goals for safety and excellence means working continuously to improve the care we provide. In addition to providing care around the clock, our teams meet regularly to evaluate and improve our care delivery.

Transparency is important to us; we share our data to help you make informed decisions about your child’s care. Sharing information about the quality of care we provide and looking at lessons learned is also an important part of developing a team focus on patient safety.

How We Measure Quality & Safety

We use data from objective, independent sources like the Vermont Oxford Network to compare the care we provide at UVA to the care other hospitals provide. The network is a group of doctors working together to improve neonatal care.

When we measure quality and safety, we look closely at rates of infections, respiratory complications, brain injuries and certain discharge measures.