Golden Hour Part I: Delivery Room Management to Launch


Blanketing BabyThe FPQC is about to launch a new neonatal quality improvement initiative – Golden Hour Part I: Delivery Room Management – to address interventions during the fragile transition time period from fetal to neonatal life. These time-sensitive interventions have been shown to impact newborns’ health outcomes positively with a lower occurrence of preventable illnesses.

Our goals are to implement evidence-based practices associated with teamwork, thermoregulation, oxygen administration, and delayed cord clamping to improve care quality and better outcomes in infants with gestational age ≤30 6/7 weeks OR with anticipated birth weight ≤1500 grams. By optimizing delivery room management practices, the FPQC hopes to make a difference in the quality of care our babies receive.

We are thrilled at the interest this project has generated and are excited to get started. The following sites have committed to this project:

  • All Children’s Hospital/John Hopkins Medicine, St. Petersburg
  • Baptist Hospital, Miami
  • Florida Hospital, Tampa
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa
  • University of South Florida/Tampa General Hospital, Tampa

Each hospital has identified a “core team” including the following leads: Physician, Nurse, Data management, and Administrator. They will organize and lead their hospital’s multi-disciplinary team efforts. These teams will review and provide feedback on the project charter, data collection sheet and proprietary toolkit before starting to collect baseline data for a target start date of September 2013.

Please feel free to contact Maya Balakrishnan at with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Written by:         Maya Balakrishnan, MD and Heidi K. Curran, MBA