By the end of Next Steps for Neonatal Therapy, the participant will be able to:
- Develop a plan of care using advanced clinical reasoning.
- Modify the caregiver’s role to optimize lymphatic and respiratory system function.
- This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 4.18 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
- Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 04098. This distance learning independent training is offered at 0.418 CEUs, advanced level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
*Partial credit for course will not be given.
Thinking Out Loud: Advanced Clinical Reasoning at the Bedside, Aune Hjartarson, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC–
This presentation will discuss advanced clinical reasoning skills that focus on problem solving strategies, recommendations, interactions, and practices that are evidence based, holistic and integrated with other neonatal healthcare professionals. Multiple patient case examples will be provided, discussed and analyzed. Additionally, the importance of a transdisciplinary caregiving approach and how it differs from multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary caregiving will be reviewed, as well as the necessary steps to create this culture.
The Lymphatic System: Integrating Manual Edema Mobilization within the NICU, Holly Schifsky, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC, CBIS
Medically complex and premature infants in the NICU can demonstrate fluctuations with excessive fluid in their extremities due to co-morbidities or genetic conditions. During this session, we will review the development of the lymphatic system, its role to allow infants the ability to obtain physiological stability, and positioning/handling interventions to maximize the ability of the integumentary system to support lymphatic flow. Discussion of therapeutic interventions and assessment of edema to determine critical reasoning for treatment planning with use of manual edema mobilization or complete lymphedema therapy. | 97 minutes
The Respiratory System, Ann Davis, BS, RRT-NPS
This presentation describes the major causes of lung injury in the newborn, the risk factors associated with chronic lung disease, the impact of infant positioning on the artificial airway, characteristics of respiratory support modalities, and the possible causes of a BPD “spell”. | 73 minutes
AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC
Aune is an experienced Occupational Therapist in a large NICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She received her undergraduate Psychology Degree and Occupational Therapy Degree from McMaster University. She is chair of the Developmental Care Committee, and provides comprehensive education for Neonatal Units and clinicians across the Region on neuroprotective care, feeding and swallowing, and complex discharge planning. Aune is an internationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant. She lectures in the McMaster University Masters OT program on developmentally supportive care and the role of occupational therapy with premature and high risk infants. She has published in the area of clinical and videofluoroscopic assessment of aspiration in high risk infants. Aune is passionate about neuroprotective care and the importance of education to empower families and caregivers, and optimize the long term outcomes for preterm and high risk infants. Aune was awarded the OT Practice Excellence Award for 2013.
HOLLY SCHIFSKY, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC, CBIS
Holly is an Occupational Therapist who has worked in pediatrics for the past 24 years with the past 16 years in a level IV NICU. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, Certified Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapist, Certified Brain Injury therapist, an active member of National Association of Neonatal Therapists, and has completed 6-month mentorship in infant/child NDT. She has worked within the NICU and NICU follow-up clinic to maximize patient and family outcomes for the most complex premature and medically- fragile term infants. Holly received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1997. She has dedicated her career to clinical care and advancing developmental care practice patterns for all multidisciplinary team members. She is a faculty member for the Neonatal Touch and Massage certification and for Education Resources Incorporate. She provides educational courses to NICU clinicians across the world and has presented at many regional and national conferences. She provides Developmental Care, Feeding Intervention, and NICU education throughout the country. She is the recipient of the National Association of Neonatal Therapists Clinical Excellence award in 2018, due to her clinical expertise and dedication to advancing the therapeutic interventions for NICU infants with cardiopulmonary conditions.
ANN DAVIS, BS, RRT-NPS
Ann is a licensed respiratory therapy practitioner and neonatal pediatric specialist who has cared for neonatal patients for over 30 years. She works in a 60 bed, single family room, level 3 NICU as an educator for NICU staff and also provides instruction to area respiratory therapists training in newborn stabilization. As adjunct faculty at a local community college, Ann developed and facilitates a short term certificate program focusing on respiratory care of the newborn. In her role as an infant monitoring specialist, Ann was a co-author for a white paper detailing the use of documented event monitoring for pre-discharge screening. Her committee work includes providing education for the small baby team initiative and she recently worked with Kara Ann Waitzman and other NICU Professionals to develop the best practice for skin-to-skin transfer of the intubated infant.
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