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.
The goal of this program is to increase the skill level, competence and confidence of the RD who cares for infants in the NICU using evidence-based practice guidelines and case studies that demonstrate the application of cutting-edge methods for providing optimal nutrition support. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the impact that the registered dietitian can have on outcome measurements in the NICU
- Identify the most appropriate growth chart to plot an infant’s anthropometric measurements
- Develop the skills to obtain a comprehensive diet history in the NICU
- Identify nutrient deficiencies in NICU patients
- Recognize feeding practices that are inappropriate for an infant’s corrected age and/or developmental stage
- Evaluate the macronutrient and micronutrient needs of full-term and premature infants
- Describe the indications for parenteral nutrition in the NICU
- Evaluate a NICU patient and write evidence-based recommendations for parenteral or enteral nutrition
- Understand the health benefits and unique nutritional qualities of human breast milk
- 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
- Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of the methods available to administer enteral feedings
- Write an appropriate plan to monitor tolerance to feeding
- Recognize the impact of various medical and surgical factors on the nutritional status of an infant
- Discuss the various inborn errors of metabolism and their treatment strategies
- Identify the unique nutrition-related challenges that a former premature infant may experience after discharge from the NICU
Course content may take a few minutes to display fully.
The course is intended for nutrition professionals
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 3 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 3000, 3010, 3020, 3030, 4150, 5010, 5060, 5180, 5290, 5440 and performance indicators of 8.1.5, 8.3.1, 8.3.6, 10.2.1, 10.2.9, 10.2.10, 12.4.6.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
Course Originally Released on:
Date of Most Recent Review:
Course Termination/Update Date:
Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
For Florida professionals:
This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.
It is now required that all CE is completed and reported to CE Broker before you renew your license. When you complete continuing education with us, OnCourse Learning will report your hours for you.
Read more about the new license renewal process at AreYouRenewalReady.com and claim your free Basic Account in CE Broker to see what has already been reported for you.
Please check the licenses/certifications section under my account (after logging in) to make sure you have entered a valid FL license number. This information is required for correct reporting of your course completions to CE Broker.