This one-day course will review the assessment and treatment of the medically fragile infant and review outcome literature of the minor morbidities seen up through the school setting. The course will begin with the presentation of the special considerations for treating the infant in the neonatal and cardiac intensive care units. In addition, common diagnoses seen in these settings will be discussed (e.g. OI, arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, congenital heart disease, MD) and the connection in treating these children from the hospital setting into the community and school settings will be made. Through a review of the literature, minor morbidities associated with infants born preterm and other medically fragile infants will be discussed. The course will then cover the key steps to consider in transitioning these infants to community services.
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
1. State the special medical and therapeutic concerns related to treating the medically fragile infant.
2. Describe a model of treatment approach in the neonatal and cardiac ICU settings (e.g. Family-centered care, NIDCAP).
3. Plan an appropriate treatment intervention for typical therapy concerns in the neonatal or cardiac ICU settings.
4. Select the appropriate community therapy services for identified high risk criteria and understand the transition of therapeutic intervention services into the appropriate community program.
5. Describe how the therapy problems seen in school-age children may relate to their past medical history.
6. Identify the minor morbidities and therapy problems of school-aged children with a significant past medical history and/or prematurity and, using evidence based practice, identify appropriate treatment considerations for this population.
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