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.
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