Nurse Manager

Understand the Current State of Your PICU and
Improve Quality, Safety and Efficiency with Valid, Comprehensive Clinical Data

Insights to Improve Critical Care Quality & Outcomes in Your Unit

What We Do

VPS, LLC brings together a community of pediatric critical care colleagues who are dedicated to standardized data sharing, benchmarking, quality improvement and research among pediatric ICUs to improve the care of their patients. 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 using comparable and customizable reports and dashboards.

The VPS Community collaborates to compare data, determine best practices and improve the overall quality of pediatric critical care.

A Valued Resource for Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Managers



Understand the Current State of Your PICU and Improve Quality, Safety and Efficiency with Valid, Comprehensive Clinical Data


Examples include Discharge Delay, Bed Turnover and the Impact of Admission and Discharge Activity Over Time.


Case Study: Akron Children’s Hospital has followed trends in quarterly bed and 24h turnover as PICUs have been used to extend emergency triage. This data impacts staffing models to place the right team around the right patient.


Case Study: Children’s Medical Center Dallas uses this information to work with nursing colleagues to buffer staffing when patient discharge and admissions are high.


Track Quality Metrics Related to Nutrition Status


Explore Associations Between Nutrition Metrics and Clinical Outcomes


Provides a foundation for local and national collaborative QI projects related to nutrition. Participation ensures the Joint Commission’s nutritional guidelines are being met.



Get an Overall Picture of the Patients in Your Unit to Ensure Proper Staffing, Issues with Resource Utilization, Safety and Benchmarking


Leverage Operational Data to Improve Patient Flow and Capacity Challenges


Justify Requests for Additional Staff and Matrix Acuity Using Trend Data


Improve Accuracy and Completeness of Documentation Which Affect Case Mix and Hospital Billing

Customizable & Comprehensive Reports

Provide clinicians and administrators with:

  • Support for key initiatives: quality improvement, outcomes enhancement, accreditation (Joint Commission, Leapfrog), board and community level administrative reports, clinical transformation, budgeting and strategic planning.
  • Administration-level reports uniquely packaged and customizable for review by hospital administration and Board of Directors.
  • Case Study: Helen DeVos Hospital developed timely, effective responses to novel challenges (e.g. COVID-19) with accurate, real-time national data.

The VPS Difference

Developed by Pediatric Critical Care Pioneers for All Pediatric Intensivists Representing Multiple Disciplines

The Largest Pediatric ICU Clinical Database with 1,500,000+ Patient Records from 200+ Institutions
Only Pediatric ICU Database Using Validated Severity of Illness Scores (PIM3, PRISM III, PRISM IV, PICSIM, and STS-EACTS)
Customizable Data Collection and Validation Profiles to Meet the Unique Needs of Individual Units
Web-Based Registry with Instant Access to Comparable Data for Your Institution

Data Elements Covering the Complete Continuum of Care from PICU Admission Through PICU Discharge

What Clinicians Are Saying

VPS has been an invaluable and essential resource to support and drive clinical, operational, quality improvement, and research initiatives in both the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and throughout the
hospital. This timely granular data has provided powerful support, directly impacting patient care
quality and outcomes.

Akira Nishisaki, MD, MSCE

Attending Physician, Critical Care Medicine,
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

VPS provides an overall picture of all the patients in the unit. Trends or signals in the data can easily be determined and the intensivist or the Nurse Manager
can be notified. VPS is an additional safety component and can notate if there’s an increase in unplanned extubations or other concerning trends.

Justine O’Flynn, RN

Data System Analyst Just for Kids Critical Care,
Norton Children’s Hospital
When we began to make the case for more physician, APP, nursing or respiratory staff, we demonstrated beyond units of service and RVU what acuity and volume does to outcomes. This is not something that can be done with only RVUs as it needs the clinical data, too. VPS is an intuitive tool; a quick way to provide an overview of what has been done and what needs to be done.

Michael L Forbes, MD, FCCM, FAAP

Department of Pediatrics Division of Critical Care Medicine,
Akron Children’s Hospital