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Complex Childhood Conditions: 101 Strategies for Healthcare Professionals

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  • Growth and developmental considerations
  • Oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve
  • Diagnostics considerations
    • Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)
    • Airway clearance: Techniques & technologies
    • What the chest x-ray is telling you
    • Lab values: Normal vs. baseline
    • Pulse oximetry: What does it really mean?
  • The allergic cascade
    • The concept of linked airways and airway inflammation
  • Hygiene hypothesis
  • Pulmonary non-pharmacological and technological management
    • Oxygen therapy: Devices used for both low and high flow rates
    • Mist/Humidification
    • Medication delivery devices: MDI/spacer, nebulizers, dry powder inhalers


  • Patterns of “normal” sleep - influences of disruption
  • Effective management: Nonpharmacological and pharmacological


  • Underlying physiology of how this occurs
  • Effective management strategies: Preventive and acute

Respiratory Conditions

  • Tips for quick identification
  • Critical nonpharmacological and pharmacological interventions for:
    • Apnea
    • Childhood asthma: The “Step Management”
    • Croup: “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly”
    • The 2 Cousins: RSV & Human Metapneumovirus

The Art of Skin and Wound Care in Children

  • Identify underlying causes for skin and wound issues
  • Optimize the healing process
  • Selecting the best product for children’s skin issues

Sports Related injuries

  • Assessment and management of The un-“Magnificent 7”: Laceration/cuts, hematoma, contusions, strains, sprains, fractures, concussion

“Temperature” Issues

  • Identifying and describing The Big 3:
  • Hyperthermia, hypothermia and fever
  • Evidence-based guidelines for The Big 3

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • GER
    • Identifying and differentiating “GER” versus GERD
    • The benefits of acid/base balance
    • The 3 steps of appropriate symptom management – and prevention
  • The “opposite” conditions: Constipation and diarrhea
    • Underlying pathophysiology of both conditions
    • Evidence-based guidelines for appropriate management


  1. Evaluate the key clinical findings required for an efficient and comprehensive multi-system pediatric assessment.
  2. Interpret physical assessment findings and all the “numbers” to begin to understand the presenting pediatric problem.
  3. Determine underlying pathophysiology for multi-system conditions in identifying cause versus symptom.
  4. Discuss the interrelationship of the Immune/Respiratory/GI/Neuro systems and the significance of “linked” symptoms of fluids, mucous, allergies, infections, and reflux.
  5. Describe appropriate management for sports-related injuries, including concussions.
  6. Utilize evidence-based guidelines to successfully identify appropriate interventions for the child experiencing “temperature” issues and diarrhea/ dehydration.
  7. Select the most appropriate strategies to manage childhood asthma, croup and apnea.

Target Audience

Nurses, Physician Assistants, and other Healthcare Professionals

Copyright : 12/08/2017

​​Pediatric Crisis: Mastering Rapid Assessment Skills & Unique Treatment Challenges

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Target Audience



Abdominal Pain: Appendicitis and Beyond

  • Gastorenteritis
  • Intussusception/Volvulus
  • Pyloric stenosis
  • Testicular torsion/Epididymitis
  • Diaphragmatic hernia
  • Gastroschisis

The Pediatric Airway

  • Recognizing the child in distress
  • Unique characteristics of the pediatric airway
  • Urgent respiratory conditions
    • Tracheoesophageal fistula
    • Asthma
    • RSV / Bronchiolitis
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Chest Trauma


  • Clinical manifestations
  • Management

Risky Business: Street Drugs, Tattoos and More

  • What’s trending
    • Amphetamines
    • Cocaine
    • K2, Spice, Molly
  • Implications & interventions

Fever in the Neonate

  • Sepsis workup & when?
  • Antibiotics for neonate vs. infant

Head Injuries

  • ICP assessment
  • Skull fractures
  • Concussion/Contusion/TBI

Bruises & Fractures

  • Does the story fit - or is it maltreatment?

When a Rash Becomes a Risk

  • Varicella
  • Measles & More

Lab Values & Blood Gases

  • What impacts the numbers: Identifying potential causes
  • Blood gases simplified
  • Blood glucose, DKA, & insulin protocols

Hematologic & Coagulation Disorders

  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Hemophilia

Procedural Sedation

  • Medications and equipment
  • The nurse’s responsibilities
  • Prevention and management of complications

Pediatric Code Blue: Know What to Do

  • A, B, Cs
  • Arrhythmias
  • Med calculations


  1. Analyze case scenarios to determine acuity and prioritization.
  2. Differentiate between common rashes and those that require immediate intervention.
  3. Interpret lab values and quickly identify potential causes of abnormal values.
  4. Determine the unique pediatric needs during presentation of respiratory distress or failure.
  5. Assess for causes of neurological deterioration in pediatric patients.
  6. Perform sample medication calculations.
  7. Discuss nursing responsibilities during the use of moderate sedation.
  8. Differentiate between clinical characteristics of acute abdominal diagnoses.

Copyright : 12/14/2017