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  • ASSESSING JAUNDICE IN THE NEWBORN INFANT

    eSeminar Series

    Speaker|
    Judy Moore, MSc. MCGI., PGCE, RGN, ANNP

    Expected Duration |
    1 hour

    Format |
    On Demand

    Tuition |
    FREE

    Assessing Jaundice in the Newborn Infant

    Infants are often discharged within 24 hours of birth and not visually assessed for jaundice until their first follow-up appointment at 1-2 weeks of age. Unfortunately, bilirubin rises and peaks in 3-5 days leaving the baby vulnerable during a very critical period. Left unchecked, bilirubin can cross the blood/brain barrier leading to kernicterus, a completely preventable neurological disease that has devastating consequences including deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy and death. This eSeminar will discuss assessment of risk factors, assessment of bilirubin levels utilizing the bilirubin nomogram, and providing effective phototherapy.

     

    Learning objectives

    • Understand the mechanisms for hyperbilirubinemia
    • Understand the risk factors and process of Kernicterus
    • Understand the importance of good assessment of jaundice
    • Examine the AAP guidelines for hyperbilirubinemia and identifying infants at risk
    • Understand the clinical role of nomograms and phototherapy

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