NICU Currents: Nutrient Requirements for Premature Infants

Program Date: February 2012
Continuing Education Units: Nurse 1.0 Contact Hours
This article describes the nutrient requirements for premature infants and some of the currently utilized resources for scientific based protocols for their feeding.

Program Objectives:

* Identify two resources for nutrient requirements in preterm infants.

* Discuss that current multi-trace element packages may not provide appropriate trace elements.

* Identify that, in addition to providing trace elements, measuring the amount of elements may also be a problem.

Faculty Name: Jacqueline Wessel, MEd, RD, CNSD, CSP, CLE

Registered Dietitian II, Regional Center for Newborn Intensive Care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Bio: Jacqueline Wessel is a registered dietitian specializing in neonatal nutrition. She works in the Regional Center for Newborn Intensive Care and High Risk Infant Follow-up Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She has been active in the Pediatric Section of ASPEN serving as pediatric chair and program planner for several of Clinical Congress Weeks. Jackie was instrumental in developing the ASPEN pre-conference nutrition workshop for pediatric clinicians. She has written several articles and book chapters on topics in neonatal nutrition, including Feeding Methodology and Short Gut Syndrome in 2 editions of the neonatal “red book” Nutritional Care for High Risk Newborns. Jackie was part of the multidisciplinary group that wrote the ASPEN Enteral Feeding Guidelines and was chair of the task force for the Guidelines for Hospitalized Pediatric Patients.

Media Format(s): Print (English)

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