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Digital Seminar

Respiratory Distress Syndrome of the Neonate: A Comprehensive Approach

Ben Courchia, MD
1 Hour 38 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 17, 2023
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The first hours and days of life are of crucial importance for the newborn infant, when they are particularly vulnerable to a range of respiratory diseases, many unique to this period of early life as the developing fluid-filled fetal lungs adapt to the extrauterine environment. The clinical signs of respiratory distress are important to recognize and further investigate, to identify the underlying cause. The epidemiology, diagnostic features and management of common neonatal respiratory conditions are covered in this presentation.  


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Ben Courchia, MD's Profile

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Benjamin Courchia, MD is a neonatal intensive care physician working in Miami, Florida. He is the director of neonatal innovation at Envision Health and HCA University Hospital. He is actively involved in the development and implementation of new technologies to improve the care of critically ill neonates. He is also the director of the chronic lung disease program. He is an adjunct faculty of medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Courchia also co-hosts, with Dr. Daphna Yasova Barbeau, a weekly podcast focusing on neonatal care called The Incubator.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Benjamin Courchia has employment relationships with Envision Physician Services/HCA University Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Nova Southeastern University, and the Florida Atlantic University. He receives a consulting fee from Chiesi. He is the creator of NICDiet, the co-founder of The NICU, the Neonatal Network, and the co-creator of the Incubator & Neonatology Review Podcast. Dr. Courchia receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-financial: Dr. Benjamin Courchia is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.


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  1. Determine the common respiratory problems encountered in neonatology  
  2. Discuss the evidence-based management of respiratory disease in neonatology  
  3. Develop a framework for diagnosis of an infant with respiratory distress.  


Introduction to Neonatal Respiratory Challenges 

  • Overview of Common Respiratory Problems in Neonatology 
  • Prevalence and Impact on Neonatal Health 
    • Overview of respiratory mechanics 
  • Evidence-Based Management of Neonatal Respiratory Disease 
    • Presentation of Respiratory Distress 
    • Common and Non-specific 
    • Differential Diagnosis 
  • Evidence-Based Practices in Treatment and Care 
  • Case-Study 

Diagnostic Framework for Neonatal Respiratory Distress 

  • Understanding the Spectrum of Respiratory Distress in Neonates 
    • Pneumonia 
    • Pulmonary AIr Leak 
    • Pneumothorax 
    • Pneumomediastinum 
    • Pulmonary Interstitial Emphysema (PIE) 
  • Physical Examination and Diagnostic Tools 
    • Transillumination 
    • Chest Radiograph 
    • Needle Thoracostomy 
  • Building a Diagnostic Framework 

Wrap-up and Key Takeaways 

Target Audience

  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Nurses
  • NP
  • PAs
  • Physicians


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