National Perinatal Information Center
National Perinatal Information Center


NPIC member hospitals share their experiences using the Adverse Outcome Index (AOI) to reduce harm in their Perinatal Services.

During this "ignite"(discussion) presentation, NPIC members:

  • Share their experiences with Safety Initiatives and discuss how they started a Trigger Event Committee to review cases with adverse events

  • Describe successful efforts to engage others in quality improvement using NPIC's Quarterly Report and AOI Report together
NPIC staff define the new AOI comparison group/benchmark data and lead a group discussion around the efforts to continue to improve the usefulness of the AOI. Dr. Susan Mann, one of the developers of the AOI, joined in the discussion and shared her newest efforts to assist staff in minimizing risk.

Recorded: May 21, 2014
Duration:   1 hour
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Member Presenters:

Jeanette Zocco RNC-OB, C-EFM, MSN
Perinatal Safety Nurse, Women & Infants Division
Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center

Jeanette Zocco is the Perinatal Safety Nurse for the Women and Infants Division at Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center. She has been a nurse for 18 years, with a focus on Perinatal nursing for 16 years. In her current role, she is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of effective programs that promote safe care for mothers and babies. This includes simulation training, team/safety training, and fetal monitoring education with nursing, midlevel, resident and physician staff. She is certified in inpatient obstetrics and electronic fetal monitoring, and she is also a certified AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring Course Instructor. Ms. Zocco received a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Hartford in 2006.

LaVona Wilkes RN, MSN
Quality Improvement Coordinator
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

LaVona Wilkes has worked in the Quality Improvement Department at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas since 2005. Prior to that, her 40 years in nursing was mainly focused on Women's and Infant's Services. The main part of her responsibilities in the Quality Improvement Department is working with all the maternal/infant departments at Texas Health Dallas. Ms. Wilkes assists with submitting required data to The Joint Commission, Leapfrog and NPIC, as well as taking the results of those reports and working with the maternal/infant leaders to determine how to improve their practices.

NPIC Staff:
Janet H. Muri, MBA, President
Donna Caldwell, PhD, Vice President
Annemarie D'Abrosca, MPA, Senior Analyst/Hospital Liaison

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