Promoting teamwork may improve infant care processes during delivery room management: Florida perinatal quality collaborative's approach

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LOCAL PROBLEM: Inadequate understanding of compliance with standardized evidence-based DR management. INTERVENTIONS: Promote inter-professional teamwork and a bundle of interventions focusing on resuscitation team roles, equipment check, and debriefing using QI methodology. Optimize delivery room (DR) management to achieve 10-min SPO2 targets, delayed-cord clamping (DCC), team role assignment and debriefings in > 50% of deliveries, and achieve normothermia in > 75% of infants.


Over 15 months (Epoch 1 to 5), nine Florida hospitals implemented a DR management plan for infants < 31 weeks gestational age or < 1500 g (N = 814) using quality improvement methodology.


There was increased compliance of DCC (36 to 66%), role assignment (53 to 98%), debriefing rates (33 to 76%) and having all seven pre-delivery preparedness components fulfilled (34 to 75%). There were no significant improvements in admission temperatures or SPO2 targeting. When 7 vs 0 items of pre-delivery preparedness were completed, we saw improvements in thermoregulation (57% vs 72%), SPO2 targeting (60% vs 78%) and DCC compliance (43 to 67%).


Promoting teamwork by increasing pre-delivery preparedness is associated with improvement of thermoregulation, SPO2 targeting and DCC compliance.

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