Respiratory Therapy: Neonatal Respiratory Care: Essential Care, 2nd Edition

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About Course #V7282

Release Date: May 24, 2018

Expiration Date: May 1, 2021

This advanced-level course is designed for the respiratory therapist with a desire to learn more about the development of the fetus, changes that occur during or shortly after birth, and how to assess and treat the newborn. This course starts with the development of the lungs, discussing the stages of development and lung growth, fetal lung fluid, and, of vital importance, surfactant. Lung development and fetal circulation are also covered. Fetal circulation is unique, with three shunts to aid in fetal development. During and shortly after delivery, many changes must occur to allow the neonate to smoothly transition to the outside world. It is important to know whether the fetus or mother is at risk for developing problems after birth in order to anticipate such issues.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the five stages of lung development and fetal circulation.
  • Explain the purpose of fetal lung fluid and fetal breathing.
  • Describe the role of surfactant in lung mechanics and how to test for lung maturity.
  • Describe the fetal circulatory pathway and the basic anatomical differences between the adult and the neonate pulmonary and circulatory systems.
  • Describe different assessments of fetal growth and development.
  • Describe the processes during labor and delivery and for the newborn to transition to extrauterine life.
  • Explain the basic equipment needs and assessments for the delivery of the high-risk infant.

About the Author(s)

Jean Newberry, MEd, RRT-NPS, received a bachelor of science degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in biology. She continued her education at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she trained as a respiratory therapist, earning a second bachelor of science degree in cardiorespiratory sciences. After graduation, she obtained a full-time staff therapist position at a local community hospital. Working at this facility for 10 years, Jean gained experience from this progressive respiratory department, covering the trauma, adult care, pediatrics, and neonatal care areas. The hospital provided Level II NICU care to patients. While working there, Jean earned her NPS credential.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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