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Featured Course – Opening the Flood Gates: Edema Management in the NICU

“I loved this session! As an experienced neonatal therapist in a complex level 4 NICU, I appreciated the high-level content and its application to my practice.” -Elizabeth Manford, MOT, OTR/L, BCP

“Sandy did an excellent job explaining the lymph system while Holly presented information that could be applied bedside.” – Lorrie, PT

Course Topic: Opening the Flood Gates: Edema Management in the NICU

Speakers: Holly Schifsky, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC, CBIS & Sandy Sublett, PT, DPT, OCS, CLT

Course Description
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.

CE Credit: PT, OT, SLP – 4 hours

Education Level: Intermediate

Course Fee: $125 for Members | $225 for Non-Members

Target Audience: PT, OT, SLP, and neonatal professionals


  1. Identify the role of the lymphatic system and gestational development as related to co-morbidities of prematurity, post-surgical interventions, and wound healing
  2. Apply individualized care planning with critical reasoning for the lymphatic flow of fluid regarding positioning, handling, and movement facilitation for premature and medically complex infants
  3. Assess premature/medically complex infant edema with consideration for type of edema and its influence on oral motor and gross motor movement to support development

I thoroughly enjoyed this expert-level course, and the content was amazing and applicable to my practice. – Michelle Ulrich, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

This greatly improved my understanding of capillary leak. It was presented at a fantastic pace and ‘just right’ level of depth. – Melissa Hudecz MS, OTRL, CNT, NTMTC

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