Neonatal Nutrition Support

by Instructor: Kendra Glassman Perkey, MS, RD, CNSC, CSSD; Instructor: Megan Mathis, RD


i 10.00 CEH

Course Overview

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 450,000 babies were born prematurely in 2012. That is 1 in every 9 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.

About the Course Author

Kendra Glassman, MS, RD, CNSC, CSSD, works as a neonatal dietitian and supervises the infant nutrition center at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center. Kendra Glassman Perkey, MS, RD, CNSC, CSSD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Megan Tempest Mathis, RD, CNSC, has nine years of experience as a dietitian working with populations from preterm infants to the elderly in inpatient and outpatient settings. She has published articles on a variety of nutrition topics, including enteral nutrition support. Megan Mathis, RD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    Relias LLC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials. CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 10.0 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

    Activity Number: 113402 Learning Need Code(s): 3000, 3030, 5060, 5440 CPE Level: Level III

    Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR;, or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

    Critical Thinking Evaluation Tool
  • 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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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
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    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    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.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    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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