This one-day course provides the advanced knowledge and skills required to care of an extreme low birth weight infant. The course comprises a mix of theory and practice that can be applied in an NICU setting.
The course introduces the concept of developmentally supportive care and promotes positive neuro-behavioural outcomes.
Course topics include:
Definition of Extreme Low Birthweight
ELBW skin care
Common complications in ELBW infants
Intra-Ventricular Hemorrhage (IVH)
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
ELBW infection risks
On completion of the course, you should be able to:
Understand insensible water loss in extreme premature babies
Practice correct positioning techniques
Identify and apply evidence-based best practice in premature skin care
Understand the importance of electrolyte and fluid balance
Identify the risk factors associated with enteral and parenteral feeding for premature infants