This course aims to provide midwifes and nurses with the foundation of knowledge required, first, to complete the initial health assessment and examination of the newborn baby and second, to recognise and/or pre-empt those conditions that may adversely affect neonatal well-being.
About this course
This focusses exclusively on the post-resuscitation stabilization care of sick infants.
The course consists out of six modules; including blood sugar monitoring, thermoregulation, blood pressure monitoring, blood sampling and lab work, family support and a post course test.
Supporting the energy needs of sick infants with IV fluids containing glucose is an important component of infant stabilization post-resuscitation. Post resuscitation, sick infants are usually too distressed to be breastfed or given a bottle or gavage feeding and therefore glucose containing solutions should be given intravenously as soon as it is determined that the infant is too sick to be fed.
Nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP) is the application of positive pressure to the airways of spontaneously breathing neonates throughout the respiratory cycle. NCPAP is a relatively simple and effective therapy for respiratory distress syndrome when used in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).