Course Description: Edema management for infants in the NICU is a critical skill for the developmental specialist to facilitate infant level of arousal, proper positioning, and proper movement pattern development. Infants born prematurely have a high incidence of chronic lung disease and gastro esophageal reflux disease. These co-morbidities can lead to significant lower trunk and lower extremity dependent edema secondary to elevated positioning or poor fluid mobilization because of inefficient respiratory patterns. This presentation provides you with the initial anatomical/physiological understanding of the development of the lymphatic and integumentary systems. There are patient case examples and video learning of the techniques with a variety of infant populations. A discussion on contraindications and family training for home program is included. Finally, advanced skills for the medically fragile older infant in the NICU are discussed.
Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, and Neonatal professionals
Instructional Method: Recorded webinar with case studies and handouts. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow 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 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be 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.