The purpose of this unit of study is to build on and consolidate knowledge achieved in the pre-requisite units of study. This unit of study considers issues specifically related to the special needs of the new-born and family admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit. Such babies are often admitted due to their prematurity, or because they require ongoing support for acute illness, complex conditions or post-surgical convalescence.
This unit of study is comprised of three themes the first theme covers assessment, clinical considerations for the pre-term neonate and common complications of pre-term birth. The second theme discusses the various ongoing concerns for the infant born prematurely. The third theme looks at the additional diagnoses warranting admission the admission of the term new-born to a neonatal intensive care unit.
Students must be working in a neonatal area with the capability of providing mechanical ventilation and where the student is responsible to provide care for intensive care neonates.
Neonatal Care in the Perinatal Environment
Unit of study code
PG Single Unit of Study
071 – Applied neonatal physiology
255 – Assessment of growth and development
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) & American Heart Association (AHA) 2016, Textbook of Neonatal resuscitation textbook, 7th edn., Author, Chicago.
Gardner, SL, Carter, BS, Enzman-Hines, M & Hernandez, JA (eds.) 2016, Merenstein & Gardner’s handbook of neonatal Intensive care, 8th edn., Elsevier, St.Louis, Missouri.
Co-ordinated by: Trish Lowe MACN
Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program
After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-
Type of assessment
Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion
(% of total marks)
When assessed – academic week
(e.g. Week 8)
Theme 1: Initial stabilisation of the infant born prematurely
a) Examine issues including parental support and grief for the families of infants in perinatal environments
Assessment 1 Online discussions
Theme 2: Ongoing concerns of the premature
b) Apply evidence based specialist knowledge and relevant comprehensive neonatal assessment skills to the care of the infant
Assessment 2 Essay (2000 words)
Theme 3: Diagnoses warranting admission of the newborn
c) Demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation and stabilisation of infants in perinatal environments
Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)
d) Investigate current evidence to plan and prioritise care specific to gestational subpopulations
e) Analyse current evidence to plan and prioritise care for infants with chromosomal and congenital anomalies
f) Analyse current evidence to plan and prioritise care for infants with surgical conditions in perinatal environments
Units commencing or have commenced in 2017
Units commencing in 2018
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