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Course Overview

More than 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States, according to 2016 data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS); that is just under 1 in every 10 babies born in the United States. Factors contributing to the increased survival of premature infants include prenatal corticosteroid therapy and early surfactant therapy to reduce the incidence of respiratory distress syndrome. Nutrition therapy plays a vital role in minimizing morbidity and mortality, and optimizing growth and development.

About the Course Author

Carrie Finch, MS, RDN, CSP, has 20 years of experience as a neonatal dietitian and currently works in the NICU at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Carrie is a published author in peer-reviewed publications and previously coordinated an Advanced Practice Residency program training dietitians across the United States in nutritional care for the high-risk infant.

Carrie Finch, MS, RDN, CSP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.

Patti Perks, MS, RDN, CNSC has over 15 years experience in neonatal nutrition support in the NICU at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. She is involved in numerous quality improvement initiatives, and provides nutrition education to staff and students.  She is a founding board member of the Virginia Neonatal Nutrition Association, a nonprofit that provides educational and networking opportunities for healthcare providers.

Patti Perks MS, RDN, CNSC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 10.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of the methods available to administer enteral feedings; Describe the impact that the registered dietitian can have on outcome measurements in the NICU; Describe the indications for parenteral nutrition in the NICU; Describe the various enteral formulas used in the NICU and the indications for each formula category; Determine if formula is handled safely and if not, develop a plan for improvement; Develop the skills to obtain a comprehensive diet history in the NICU; Discuss the various inborn errors of metabolism and their treatment strategies; Evaluate a NICU patient and write evidence-based recommendations for parenteral or enteral nutrition; Evaluate the macronutrient and micronutrient needs of full-term and premature infants; Identify nutrient deficiencies in NICU patients; Identify the most appropriate growth chart to plot an infant’s anthropometric measurements; Identify the unique nutrition-related challenges that a former premature infant may experience after discharge from the NICU; Recognize feeding practices that are inappropriate for an infant’s corrected age and/or developmental stage; Recognize the impact of various medical and surgical factors on the nutritional status of an infant; Understand the health benefits and unique nutritional qualities of human breast milk; Write an appropriate plan to monitor tolerance to feeding
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Dietitians; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
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    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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