#7393 Welcome to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Feeding and Dysphagia Fundamentals For The Speech-Language Pathologist
Oral feeding is a primary goal in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Oral feeding in neonates is a multifactorial process due to the neonates ‘complex birth history and overall medical comorbidities. Immaturity, underdeveloped lungs, and poor behavior state directly impact the neonate’s ability to orally feed successfully and safely.
In addition to their prematurity, neonates can have neurological, craniofacial, upper airway, and/or cardiopulmonary disorders that influence oral feeding competency. As such, neonates are at increased risk and higher frequency for developmental feeding delays and dysphagia (Lutz, 2012).The purpose of this presentation is to examine fundamental knowledge required to engage and operate as a neonatal therapist in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Normal anatomy and physiology in neonates will be explored, as well as the concept of neonatal care and neuroprotection. Common and high frequency medical co-morbidities will be reviewed as well as different modalities for respiratory support. The overarching goal of this course is to provide the novice clinician fundamental concepts to enhance his/her/their ability to train and/or practice with the smallest of patients and their families. (Introductory Level)
Instructor: Raquel Garcia, SLP-D, CCC-SLP, CLC, CNT, BCS-S
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