The Vermont-Oxford Network
The Vermont Oxford Network (VON)
The Vermont Oxford Network (VON) is a non-profit voluntary collaboration of health care professionals dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families. The VON maintains a database of information regarding their care and outcomes. It is a unique organisation, collecting information from over 900 Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) worldwide.
The National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre funds and facilitates membership of the VON on behalf of all 19 neonatal centres in the Republic of Ireland. In Ireland, we participate in the VON’s Very Low Birth Weight Database, which collects information on infants born ≤1500g and/or ≤29 weeks.
To date, the NPEC, in association with the NICORE (Neonatal Intensive Care Outcomes Research and Evaluation) Group, has published three annual national reports which include all very low birth weight infants born in the Republic of Ireland in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016.