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.
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.