Our Current and On-Demand Webinars
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Webinars Series
February 21, 2018 @12 PM ET (Part I)
May 2, 2018 @12 PM ET (Part II)
Karen D’Apolito, PhD, NNP-BC, FAAN
Director, Neonatal NP Specialty
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
Ventilatory Strategies for
the Flu Patient
February 22, 2018 12 PM ET
John Davies, MS, RRT, FAARC, FCCP
Clinical Research Coordinator
Optimizing Rapid Response Teams to Save Lives: New technologies and Early Warning Systems
December 6th, 2017 12 PM ET
Michael Miletin, MD, FRCPC
Critical Care Lead,
Central West Local Health Integration Network
Supported by an educational grant
from Philips Healthcare
Today, more newborns and high-risk neonates have a better chance of thriving because of the advances in medicine and the dedicated care they receive from neonatal nurses on the front line. Developmental positioning, reducing risks of unplanned extubation and early identification of hyperbilirubinemia have contributed to improved outcomes.
Early warning system (EWS) scores are tools used by hospital care teams to recognize the early signs of clinical deterioration to initiate early intervention and management. These tools involve assigning a numeric value to several physiologic parameters (e.g., systolic blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, level of consciousness, and urine output) to derive a composite score that is used to identify a patient. Recent modifications have improved the consistency of patient outcomes.
The use of noninvasive ventilation has markedly increased over the past two decades, and noninvasive ventilation has now become an integral tool in the management of both acute and chronic respiratory failure, in both the home setting and in the critical care unit.
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of microorganisms, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. Medical devices and equipment, as well as the healthcare environment, can become contaminated with pathogens which may then be transmitted to patients.