One of the most common practices in the NICU is the use of a gastric tube for enteral feedings. However, there are known risks to the use of a tube that will be addressed and discussed in this course. Clinical practices that involve parents in the tube feeding of their infant, decrease pain associated with the feeding experience and some recent research that may lead to earlier discharge while maintaining patient safety will be discussed as well.
Sandra Sundquist Beauman MSN, RNC-NIC
Sandra Sundquist Beauman has been a neonatal nurse for her entire career, spanning almost 40 years. Sandy works at the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics as the manager of clinical trials operations in Neonatology. She has lectured extensively for many years, both nationally and internationally. She has published a number of articles and book chapters. She consults with neonatal product manufacturing companies in an effort to bring the needs of patients and the clinical team to the attention of the manufacturer/designer of medical devices. Sandy’s passion is to advance the practice of neonatal nursing through education and research.
Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
- Understand the advantages for early direct breastfeeding and management of tube feedings in neonates
- Understand potential nutrient loss associated with tube feedings including macronutrients in human milk critical for infant growth
- Discuss clinical challenges and remedies in the use of ENFit tubing connections
- Identify potential long-term effects of neonatal tube feedings and transition to discharge
By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate Protecting the feeding experience of the neonate
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