Full Course Description
Complex Childhood Conditions: 101 Strategies for Healthcare Professionals
- 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
- 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
- Tips for quick identification
- Critical nonpharmacological and pharmacological interventions for:
- 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
- Identifying and describing The Big 3:
- Hyperthermia, hypothermia and fever
- Evidence-based guidelines for The Big 3
- 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
- Evaluate the key clinical findings required for an efficient and comprehensive multi-system pediatric assessment.
- Interpret physical assessment findings and all the “numbers” to begin to understand the presenting pediatric problem.
- Determine underlying pathophysiology for multi-system conditions in identifying cause versus symptom.
- Discuss the interrelationship of the Immune/Respiratory/GI/Neuro systems and the significance of “linked” symptoms of fluids, mucous, allergies, infections, and reflux.
- Describe appropriate management for sports-related injuries, including concussions.
- Utilize evidence-based guidelines to successfully identify appropriate interventions for the child experiencing “temperature” issues and diarrhea/ dehydration.
- Select the most appropriate strategies to manage childhood asthma, croup and apnea.
Pediatric Crisis: Mastering Rapid Assessment Skills & Unique Treatment Challenges
Abdominal Pain: Appendicitis and Beyond
- Pyloric stenosis
- Testicular torsion/Epididymitis
- Diaphragmatic hernia
The Pediatric Airway
- Recognizing the child in distress
- Unique characteristics of the pediatric airway
- Urgent respiratory conditions
- Tracheoesophageal fistula
- RSV / Bronchiolitis
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Chest Trauma
ALTE vs. BRUE
- Clinical manifestations
Risky Business: Street Drugs, Tattoos and More
- What’s trending
- K2, Spice, Molly
- Implications & interventions
Fever in the Neonate
- Sepsis workup & when?
- Antibiotics for neonate vs. infant
- ICP assessment
- Skull fractures
Bruises & Fractures
- Does the story fit - or is it maltreatment?
When a Rash Becomes a Risk
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
- Medications and equipment
- The nurse’s responsibilities
- Prevention and management of complications
Pediatric Code Blue: Know What to Do
- A, B, Cs
- Med calculations
- Analyze case scenarios to determine acuity and prioritization.
- Differentiate between common rashes and those that require immediate intervention.
- Interpret lab values and quickly identify potential causes of abnormal values.
- Determine the unique pediatric needs during presentation of respiratory distress or failure.
- Assess for causes of neurological deterioration in pediatric patients.
- Perform sample medication calculations.
- Discuss nursing responsibilities during the use of moderate sedation.
- Differentiate between clinical characteristics of acute abdominal diagnoses.