Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues

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. The program begins with an examination of such physical anomalies as neural tube defects (anencephaly, spina bifida and meningocele), craniosynostosis and cleft lip and palate. Additionally, features such as simian crease, pilonidal sinus and gastroschisis are presented. The presentation of neurologic issues includes a brief discussion of the infant brain and neurons and leads to a detailed discussion of neonatal hypoglycemia. This detailed view of neurologic assessment concludes with a presentation of pathologic jaundice, its causes and intervention strategies.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify signs of craniosynostosis and cleft lip and palate
  • Identify features such as simian crease, pilonidal sinus and gastroschisis
  • Describe the infant brain and neurons
  • Perform a neurological assessment and identify various neurologic issues
  • Accurately identify the signs and symptoms of neonatal hypoglycemia
  • Describe the causes and symptoms of pathological jaundice and perform appropriate interventions
  • Media Format(s): Video (English)
  • Run Time: 20 Minutes

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