Newborn Hypoxia and Cyanosis: Your Baby's Blue Clues

Newborn Hypoxia and Cyanosis: Your Baby's Blue Clues

Course Expiration Date: 3/31/20

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

If you are purchasing this course the cost is $25.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course explores reasons for newborn hypoxia and cyanosis from congenital heart disease and persistent pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary causes, neurological causes and sepsis. It also discusses various treatment options for hypoxia and cyanosis in the newborn.

Instructor: Debby Mills MS, CNS, RNC-OB

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and other interested healthcare workers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Explain fetal circulation and metabolism as it relates to newborn hypoxia and cyanosis.
2. Describe the physiologic changes that occur during the newborn transition to the extrauterine environment.
3. Identify the key components for assessment and physical examination of the infant exhibiting hypoxia.
4. Compare and contrast the differences in presentation for congenital heart disease and persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).
5. Discuss the pulmonary causes for newborn hypoxia and cyanosis.
6. Describe the difference in presentation for common neurologic causes of hypoxia.
7. Identify the difference between early and late onset neonatal sepsis as well as describe the presentation, laboratory evaluation and treatment .
8. Explain the current indications for use of hypothermia therapy in newborns.
9. Examine the risks associated with late preterm birth as it relates to newborn cyanosis and hypoxia.

Length of Course: 75 minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses: Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.25 contact hours.

Respiratory Care Practitioners:1.25 clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Other: This educational offering provides 0.125 CEUs ( 1.25 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:
Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


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