NICU Conferences

2017 LLUCH Care of the Newborn Brain Symposium

Course Description

This multidisciplinary conference is designed for health care providers interested in understanding perinatal diagnoses and their etiologies, increasing diagnostic skills in assessing high-risk infants, and discussing issues that surround the age of viability. Attendees will learn about pre and postnatal best practices through utilizing a team approach in planning care of both mother and baby. Evidence-based practices, including provision of family-centered care before, during and after birth, and sometimes infant dying and death, will be discussed. The need for a small baby unit will be described, highlighting the necessity of neurodevelopmental care to improve all health outcomes.

CEs for:  ANCC, APA, BRN, CAPE, CHES & MCHES, Physical Therapy Board of California, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, 

For additional information, call Staff Development at 909-558-3500 or ext. 33500

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Course Objectives

  • Describe the challenges in accurate diagnosis of neonatal seizures
  • Identify which groups of neonates are at highest risk for seizures
  • Describe challenges to forming secure parent-infant attachments in the NICU and how it affects brain development in all babies
  • Demonstrate graded sensory input, contingent on infant’s neurobehavioral responses
  • Evaluate infant specific positioning needs based on age, diagnosis and neurobehavioral presentation of infant
  • Provide an overview of the anti-seizure medications used in the NICU, their mechanism of action, potential interactions with other medications and long-term outcome data
  • Review normal neonatal neuroanatomy
  • Discuss common neonatal neuropathology using interactive case presentations
  • Describe the indications and prognostic value of neuromonitoring with EEG, aEEG, and NIRS and neuro-imaging with cranial ultrasound and MRI during the neonatal period, and when applicable in early childhood
  • Discuss the biologic rationale for therapeutic hypothermia to treat hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy
  • Describe screening, eligibility criteria, adjuvant therapy, and evaluation for therapeutic hypothermia
  • Determine when to call the cooling center for possible transfer and initiation of cooling measures
  • Review possible side-effects associated with body cooling
  • Elaborate on the indications for surgical interventions for neonatal IVH
  • Discuss the morbidity and outcomes of high grade neonatal IVH
  • Explain the basis for and limitations of aEEG monitoring
  • Name the 5 background patterns for aEEG and their classification a normal vs. abnormal
  • Describe the neurodevelopmental (ND) & neurobehavioral problems in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD)
  • Describe school performance problems in childhood and adolescence
  • Discuss the goals of care over the life-span of persons with neurodevelopmental impairment
  • Describe the wide spectrum of developmental trajectories amongst persons with neurodevelopmental impairment
  • Explain how the experience in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit influences the trajectory and the narrative of a family affected by neurodevelopmental impairment


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Presentation Handouts (Check Back Soon)

  • Presentation 1 - Seizures
  • Presentation 2 - Case Studies:  Seizures
  • Presentation 3 - How Parents-Infant Attachment Affects Brain Development in the NICU 
  • Presentation 4a - Neuroprotection
  • Presentation 4b - aEEG 
  • Presentation 5 - Imaging MRI
  • Presentation 6 - HIE & Therapeutic Hypothermia:  Where We Started & the Road Ahead
  • Presentation 7 - Case Studies:  HIE
  • Presentation 8a - Neurosurgical Management of IVH
  • Presentation 8b - Seizure Medications
  • Presentation 9 - Neurological Outcomes in Children with CHD
  • Presentation 10 - Cerebral Palsy Follow-Up
  • Presentation 11 - Parent Panel (no slides available)

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