Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

Program Date: 10 August 2017
Publication Date: 2015
Continuing Education Units: 1.0 Nurse Contact Hours

Course Description:

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.
This series provides nurses with the information they need and demonstrates the skills necessary, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the newborn child. This program focuses on the New Ballard Gestational Age Assessment. In the process of this discussion, both the assessment of neuromuscular maturity and that of physical maturity are examined. As the infant is assessed, reference is made to the system developed by Dr. Jeanne Ballard. The program concludes with a presentation of 13 newborn reflexes.

Course Objectives:

  • Properly perform the New Ballard Gestational Age Assess
  • Assess for neuromuscular and physical maturity
  • Accurately report and score the results of the exam
  • Identify and test for the 13 newborn reflexes
  • Media Format(s): Video (English)
  • Run Time: 20 Minutes

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