Preterm and medically complex infants are surviving at younger ages due to medical advances utilized in the neonatal intensive care unit. The co-morbidities of prematurity, post-surgical recovery, genetic conditions, and multi-system influences of these medical pathologies create an increased challenge to the neonatal therapist due to the fluctuating state of edema for the infant. This course is co-presented by leaders in the field of lymphatic mobilization and neonatal therapy. By co-presenting this topic, participants will receive the most up-to-date and evidence-based literature regarding the role of the lymphatic system, edema assessment, application of edema assessment within the NICU, and specific co-morbidities that warrant edema management to maximize outcomes. Clinical education will be provided regarding indications, contraindications, considerations during positioning/handling, oral motor facilitation, gross motor facilitation, pharmacological management, and additional interventions to support lymphatic transport of fluid. Clinical case studies with patient videos will be shared to enhance the participants learning. Upon completion of this session, participants will have a deeper understanding of the lymphatic system, the ability to integrate components of lymphatic care into clinical practice, use of edema assessment to create lymphatic care plans, and integrate oral/gross motor facilitation that will enhance lymphatic flow to reduce limitations in movement due to persistent edema.
OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD, and neonatal professionals
Recorded webinar, lecture, videos, case studies, handouts, demonstrations, recorded questions, and answer session. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow the course.
Course Completion Requirements
The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation, and complete the post-webinar learning assessment with at least an 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times are recorded and documented. Following completion of this course physical therapists, nurses and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules, and regulations.