Nutrition for the Preterm Infant

The nutrition we give premature babies can have a substantial impact on their short and long term outcomes. However, trying to mimic in utero nutrition and growth for these tiny preemies can be very challenging and intimidating. Enteral nutrition is ideal but extreme caution must be taken to minimize gut injury. At the same time, excess parenteral nutrition comes with consequences as well. This, along with the medical status of the patient, is a very delicate balance that the neonatal clinician must consider. This webinar is designed to teach you how to properly assess and provide optimum nutrition to the preterm neonate.
Upon successful completion of this 2 hour course, the participant should be able to understand:
  • How to assess the preterm infant, in terms of growth, labs, and nutritional requirements.

  • How to dose fluids, electrolytes, parenteral nutrition, PN complications.

  • The different methods of delivery of enteral nutrition, feeding intolerance, and when it is safe to feed.

  • What and when to feed the preemies, including breast milk, donor milk, fortifiers, formulas, modulars.

  • The medical status/conditions of preemies that impact delivery of EN and PN.

  • Troubleshooting -- managing poor growth and complications.
Live Event Date: Apr 16, 2015
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 3000, 5000, 5060, 5070, 5440
Target Audience: RDs, DTRs
Number of Credits: 2.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: $36 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Priscilla Barr, MS RD CNSC CSP CLC CDN
Priscilla Barr

Priscilla Barr, MS RDN CNSC CSP CLC CDN is a NICU RD who gives regular lectures on neonatal nutrition to residents/fellows/dietetic interns, and has presented on the subject at webinars and symposiums. She also performs her own quality improvement research in neonatal nutrition, which has been presented at various conference poster sessions, including the Vermont Oxford Network, and Pediatric Academic Societies. This research also won a New York State Award for Quality and Patient Safety (Healthcare Association of New York State - HANYS -- Pinnacle Award 2014). Priscilla has worked at NYC teaching hospitals in adult and pediatric critical care for 12 years, and for the past 9 years has worked in her current specialty of neonatal intensive care. In addition to her RDN license, she holds specialty certifications in nutrition support, pediatrics, and lactation.


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