Shaping the Future of Pediatric Critical Care Through Collaborative Improvement

VPS, LLC supports a vibrant community of pediatric critical care colleagues who are dedicated to standardized data sharing for improved patient care, research and benchmarking among pediatric ICUs. Participants commit to the collection of high quality data elements that are important to understand, evaluate and improve care and outcomes for critically ill children. The VPS Community collaborates to compare data, determine best practices and improve the overall quality of pediatric critical care. While all participating PICUs collect elements that comprise the VPS minimum dataset, sites may choose to collect additional data elements of interest from the hundreds of possible options. This unique flexibility ensures that VPS will provide a robust dataset to evaluate unique groups of PICU patients, and support meaningful comparisons with national peers.


Leader in Bridging the PICU Continuum of Research, Quality Improvement and Operational Management.

The VPS is a clinical database dedicated to standardized data sharing and benchmarking among pediatric ICUs. All participants collect information on admission and discharge data, diagnoses, interventions, organ donation, and pediatric severity of illness scores for all pediatric ICU admissions. Users may also choose to collect additional data of interest to their team from hundreds of optional elements available in the VPS application.

Teams may use VPS data to collaborate in multisite research and improvement projects and may use VPS data for improvement initiatives in their pediatric ICU. Further, hundreds of former and current research teams have used VPS data to study various aspects of ICU processes and outcomes and have contributes substantially to the growing base of evidence that enables clinicians to practice using evidence based care.


Why is VPS Data So Useful?

Joining VPS

Strengths of VPS

  • Credibility with Clinicians
  • Strict Definitions and Quality Control Training
  • Flexibility to Meet Growing Demands of End Users
  • Focus on Quality, Safety, and Research
  • Multiple Severity Adjustments
  • Continuous Feedback From End Users to Maximize Ease of Use

Value for Clinicians

  • Valid, Comprehensive Clinical Data
  • Severity Adjustment for All Cases
  • Means for Internal and Peer Benchmarking
  • Tool for Multi-Institutional Studies and Research
  • Over 500,000 quality cases
  • VPS captures data for national reporting required by the National Quality Forum and other national quality initiative standards

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