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Respiratory problems in the newborn occur at any gestational age. Despite advances in neonatal medicine and treatment options, respiratory diseases cause high morbidity and mortality rates. Respiratory diseases occur for many reasons, and sometimes the etiology is unknown. One common underlying problem is lack of proper gas exchange at the alveolar surface. Clinicians must be aware of each patient’s prenatal history, and have excellent assessment skills to detect and manage respiratory disease processes. This course provides respiratory therapists with the knowledge needed to assess newborns for common respiratory diseases. This knowledge should promote earlier detection, intervention, and treatment that improve outcomes for newborns with respiratory impairments. The course is appropriate for healthcare professionals who work in labor and delivery suites or newborn nurseries. The course also provides basic orientation on neonatal respiratory disorders for nurses who work or plan to work with high-risk newborns.
AARC Approval #143586000
- Describe fetal lung development.
- Recognize common respiratory diseases in the newborn.
- Identify signs and symptoms of the respiratory diseases described.
- Describe the underlying pathophysiology of selected respiratory diseases.
- Identify risk factors that contribute to each respiratory disease.
- List common treatments for each respiratory disease described.
Anita Carroll, RN, MSN, EdD, has taught all levels of professional nursing for over 30 years. She currently teaches in the bachelor of science in nursing program at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. She has taught courses in maternal-newborn health, neonatal health, pharmacology, management, and fundamentals. She has also helped develop master’s level tracks and courses for neonatal clinical nurse specialists and nursing education. She was a childbirth educator for 10 years and implemented a March of Dimes grant. She has presented more than 120 programs in maternal-newborn nursing to community hospitals and has certified numerous nurses as neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation providers and instructors. She received the Texas Nurse of the Year Award from the Texas Nurses Association in 1996, as well as many other teaching awards throughout her career.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered, unless otherwise indicated with an expiration date.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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