Planning for discharge from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is an important aspect of the newborn’s hospital stay that begins at admission and continues after discharge. Decisions surrounding neonatal discharge are based on multiple factors and the achievement of developmental milestones. This activity will present a detailed look at the clinical requirements for discharge and the common factors and barriers that influence discharge timing. It will also describe indications and therapeutic options for supportive interventions to help achieve competencies necessary for discharge and recognize the importance of engaging the family in discharge preparedness planning.
This activity is jointly provided by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Solutions.
There was no commercial support received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who have an interest in discharge planning.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the common clinical factors that guide neonatal discharge planning decisions.
- Review the Neonatal Resource Services (NRS) guidelines that provide guidance and criteria for discharge planning.
- Describe common clinical barriers that can affect the timing of discharge and therapeutic interventions that can provide neonatal support.
- Identify discharge criteria for newborns as reviewed through audience participation in a question-and-answer session.
Laura O'Gorman, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Neonatal Resource Services
Optum Health Solutions
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
Optum Health Education
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The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Optum Health Education and Optum Health Solutions. Optum Health Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit designation statements
Optum Health Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.0 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been pre-approved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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