Apnea in Prematurity and Infancy

March 9, 2022

Activity description 

These materials are only intended for those that attended the live activity, Apnea in Prematurity and Infancy, held March 9, 2022.

Apnea in newborns continues to be a concern to healthcare professionals (HCPs) and parents. Precipitated by immaturity of the central nervous system and mechanical respiratory function as well as other stressors such as infection and feeding problems, apnea of prematurity (AOP) is a common diagnosis in intensive neonatal care units. This activity will provide participants with an overview of the pathophysiology of apnea in infants, as well as clinical approaches to help differentiate between AOP and apnea of infancy. Discussion of the current guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of apnea will provide participants with guidance in the evaluation of affected infants and the selection of optimal treatment plans for this population.

Provided by
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and Optum Health Solutions.

Commercial support
There was no commercial support received for this activity.

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of nurse practitioners, PAs and physicians who have an interest in apnea in prematurity and infancy.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define the different types of apnea and discuss the pathophysiology of apnea of infancy and apnea of prematurity (AOP).
  • Differentiate between AOP and apnea of infancy.
  • Discuss the diagnosis and current treatment options for the different types of apnea.
  • Review the Nursing Resource Services Apnea and Bradycardia guidelines.

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
03/09/2022 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
03/09/2022 - 2:00pm EST

Jamie Rosterman, DO, FAAP
National Medical Director, Neonatal Resource Services | Optum Health Solutions
Activity planners
Elizabeth Albert, MD
Clinical Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and Optum Health Solutions. OptumHealth 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

OptumHealth Education designates this live 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.

Nurse practitioners
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.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA - Physicians
  • 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
  • 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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