Assessment of the Newborn: Head to Toe Assessment

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 looks at the complete head to toe assessment of the newborn. It begins with a discussion of vital signs and continues with presentation of issues related to eye care. Weighing and measuring are examined including presentations of "normal" values. As the assessment continues, the trunk, umbilical cord, skin, extremities, genitalia and anus are discussed. The program concludes with a presentation of issues related to newborn screening such as phenylketonuria (PKU).

Course Objectives:

  • Measure the newborn's body temperature
  • Perform appropriate eye prophylaxis
  • Accurately measure the infant's weight, length and circumference of the head, chest and abdomen
  • Assess the infant's trunk and extremities for symmetry
  • Examine the skin for intactness, quality, turgor and color
  • Assess the infant's spine and extremities, including fingers and toes
  • Examine the newborn's genitals and anus and identify any abnormalities
  • Screen the infant for specific disorders, including hearing loss and phenylketonuria (PKU)
  • Understand the procedure required to test for PKU
  • Media Format(s): Video (English)
  • Run Time: 20 Minutes

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