Course Objectives:

At the end of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the impact of the physical environment on the developing brain.
  • Discuss how sleep differs in preterm infants from older children, and how it can be protected in the NICU.
  • Explain how NICU design can be used to enhance the environment of care.
  • Review differences in diagnosis, treatment, and outcome between mild and moderate/severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.
  • Identify the potential for, and barriers to, use of stem cells to treat brain injury in the newborn.
  • Describe similarities and differences in management of brain injury in neonates in high and low-resource settings.
  • Discuss features of brain injury in children with congenital heart disease, and relate these to possible strategies for prevention and treatment.
  • Review how to establish the prognosis after early brain injury and provide this in an understandable way for parents.

Competencies to be addressed:

Patient Care and Procedural Skills; Medical knowledge; Systems-based practice; Professionalism; work in interdisciplinary teams; employ evidence-based practice