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OT in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Course #: 014-1236

Price: $24.00

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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CEU Course Description 

Between 10 and 15% of all babies born in the United States require care in the NICU. There are many reasons why a newborn might need to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), including heart problems, birth defects, infections, breathing issues, and more. Prematurity is another common reason a newborn may end up in the NICU, since 1 in 8 babies are born before 37 weeks gestation1. In particular, the opioid crisis is a driving force behind the high demand for NICU services and professionals. The rate of pregnant women and new mothers living with opioid use disorder has grown by four times between 1999 and 2014 2. This has also led to an increase in newborns who need treatment for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS). Figures from 2016 show that about 80 newborns are diagnosed with this condition each day 3. As a result, occupational therapy professionals need more detailed information on this specialty in order to effectively and smoothly enter this practice area. With a generalist education being the industry standard for rehab professionals, occupational therapy providers may have received a high-level overview of an OT’s role in the NICU. Yet, others may not know anything at all about this specialty. This course will detail the developmental information that is necessary for therapists to know along with standard medical interventions, education to parents and other caregivers, as well as attachment and bonding concerns that are often present and can impact care.

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Identify the major aspects of an occupational therapy professional’s role in the NICU.
  2. Dissect the crucial developmental milestones and reflexes that pertain to the care of a newborn.
  3. Identify the medical interventions that a provider must be familiar with if working in the NICU.
  4. Relate the role of sleep and attachment in effective parent education.

 Instructional level: Moderate

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Course Date: 2021-11-29

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