Dealing with Medically Fragile Infants: How can you help?

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Instructor: Janice K. Wereszczak, Carol Hubbard

Length: 3 hours

A small number of medically fragile infants and children use a large amount of medical services. These children are a challenge to manage in the community both after discharge and as they grow and develop. Families struggle with running mini-hospitals in their homes, communities struggle to provide the services necessary to maintain these children in their homes and primary care providers struggle to coordinate complex and time consuming care. This program will discuss how a well planned discharge and thoughtful follow up can prevent rehospitalizations and emergency room visits as well as optimize both physical and developmental outcomes. It will focus on issues that commonly arise throughout infancy, childhood and adolescence and will describe ways that health care professionals can help to deal with those issues.

    At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the physiological and psychosocial issues that impact medically fragile neonatal patients throughout infancy, childhood and adolescence.
  • Describe the elements of an effective discharge plan for these infants.
  • Discuss the challenges that families and communities face when dealing with the typical medically fragile infants as they grow and develop at home.
  • Identify specific interventions that may help to address those challenges both initially and throughout childhood and adolescence.

Audience: FNPs, PNPs, NNPs, PAs, RNs, Pediatric/Neonatal Transport personnel, Home Health personnel.