Webinars

Dandle·LION Medical webinars are recorded and can be viewed live, with an opportunity to ask questions, or as a recording. Both ways offer a FREE CEU!! Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for a current webinar and view all previous webinars.

Webinar: Baby It’s Cold Out There: Myths and Facts about Thermoregulation

Webinar Date:  Friday, December 2, 2016:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty: Liz Drake, MN, NNP, CNS, RN-NIC

Evidence shows that hypothermia is an independent risk factor for morbidity and mortality. However, by implementing a few simple modifications to the environment, we can dramatically improve temperature regulation and in turn, infant outcomes
and survival.

Products and devices intended to provide neuro-protection and musculo- skeletal support are standard of care in the NICU. Despite their positive effects on the neonate’s development, these products have complicated the simple task of temperature management; and in turn, have resulted in the need for bedside care givers to rethink our understanding of thermoregulation and modify traditional practices.

In this one-hour presentation our presenter, Liz Drake will dispel several myths related to neonatal temperature management and will offer practical recommendations to provide both a developmentally supportive environment and a neutral thermal environment.

Our Learning Objectives

Webinar: Integrating Parents in Newborn Pain Care – Evidence and Implementation

Webinar Date:  Friday, October 14, 2016:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty: Marsha Campbell-Yeo, PhD, NNP-BC, RN

Hospital care and medical interventions are sources of separation and stress, leading to a diminished capacity for the infant to endure painful procedures and situations.  Involvement of parents in newborn pain management is of increased interest in both research and clinical settings.

Recent research has focused on finding non-pharmacological interventions or sweet tasting solutions as a substitute to drugs; or at least to decrease the number of drug doses needed for optimal analgesia.  There is a growing interest in interventions that involved parents, e.g. skin-to-skin care, breastfeeding, or facilitated tucking.

Despite the growing knowledge base on non-pharmacological interventions, clinicians and parents often struggle with which strategy should be recommended as first line therapy or whether several should be given in combination.  In this one-hour seminar presentation, Dr. Marsha Campbell-Yeo will describe the powerful benefits of integrating parents into the neonatal pain management care plan as well as the effective ways to implement these interventions in clinical settings.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after October 14, 2016), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Affective Capabilities and Vulnerabilities of the Hospitalized Infant

Webinar Date:  Friday, May 6, 2016:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty: Mary Coughlin MS, NNP, RNC-E

Normal development of an infant’s “sense-of-self,” and “sense-of-other,” depends in part on an optimally engaged and functional sensory system. Early exposure to trauma — extremely fearful events — and high levels of stress affect the developing brain, particularly in those areas involved with emotions and learning. The amygdala and the hippocampus are two brain structures involved in fear and traumatic stress. These two structures in concert with the insula cortex comprise the neural circuitry for neuroception, the mechanism by which we distinguish whether situations or people are safe, dangerous, or life threatening.  This webinar will introduce the learner to the neuroscience underpinning the affective capabilities and vulnerabilities of the hospitalized infant and describe how translation of this information into clinical practice can transform the developmental potential of the hospitalized infant.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after May 7, 2016), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Neurobehavioral Assessment of High-Risk Infants in the NICU

Webinar Date:  Friday, March 4, 2016:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Bobbi Pineda PhD, OTR/L

Neurobehavioral assessments can be used to evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic interventions, to define and communicate an individual infant’s strengths and weaknesses, and can empower parents to understand the developmental potential of their premature infant.  When used to cover the span of a NICU stay, they offer powerful insights and clues to an infant’s brain development and potential challenges for the future.

In this presentation we will discuss the purpose of the neurobehavioral exam, define different assessments available for use with high risk infants in the NICU, and discuss how to administer and interpret assessment results.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after March 5, 2016), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Mitigating Procedural Pain in High-Risk Infants: Challenge and Opportunities

Webinar Date:  Friday, December 4, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Lori Brittingham, MSN, RN, CNS, ACCNS-N

Infants spending time in the neonatal intensive care unit are exposed to a number of painful procedures on a daily basis.  For infants with an extended length of stay, this can result in hundred of painful exposure over the course of the first several months of life.  A growing body of evidence has shown that unmitigated pain can have deleterious short- and long-term consequences on the developing infant, yet pain in this vulnerable population is often unrecognized and under-treated.  This presentation will provide neonatal care team members with the tools required to implement effective environmental and behavioral strategies to minimize the effects of painful exposures in high-risk infants.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after December 5, 2015), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Providing Comforting Touch to Very Preterm Infants Using the M-Technique

Webinar Date:  Friday, September 4, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Joan Renaud Smith, PhD, RN, NNP-BC and Sandra Conner, BS, PT

Touch is the first sense to develop and is essential to infant neurodevelopment, learning and health. Although the positive effects of massage therapy have been well studied in stable preterm infants, little is known about the effects of a comforting touch technique on infants born very preterm.

Our presenters will describe how their interdisciplinary team developed a novel, infant-driven comforting touch strategy, called the M Technique.  They will also share the results of a recent research project in which they investigated the effect of the M Technique on very preterm infants, who were less than 30 weeks gestation.

The M Technique is a new evidence-based intervention that is easy to learn, can be taught to parents, and may also be provided to patients of any age both inside and outside of the NICU

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after September 5, 2015), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: The Short and Long-Term Impact of Therapeutic Positioning on Pulmonary Development, Function & Morbidities

Webinar Date:  Friday, July 10, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  John Chappel, PT,  Director of Synactive Pediatrics Curriculum, URSA

Supportive positioning of babies in the NICU promotes physiologic and behavioral stability, reduces stress and promotes the well-being of each infant.  However, individualized positioning may also improve lung function, pulmonary health and long term respiratory morbidities for these fragile infants as well.  This webinar will provide the theory and anatomical rationale for the use of individualized interventions for pulmonary health in the NICU.

Our Learning Objectives: Discuss at least two positive effects of supportive positioning and early movement of the preterm infant lung function and chest mechanics.

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after July 10, 2015), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

Webinar: Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant

Webinar Date:  Friday, May 8, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Mindy Morris, DNP, CNS, NNP-BC 

The Extremely Low Birth Weight (ELBW) infant is the highest risk group of neonatal patients for mortality and morbidities such as infection, chronic lung disease, and long-term neuro-developmental delays.  Overall, survival for the ELBW infant has improved, however rates of morbidities have not improved to the same degree.

In this presentation, we will review some of the evidence supporting specific care practices for the ELBW infant, highlight the importance of the bedside care provider, and discuss methods to improve outcomes.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after May 6), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

The Unseen Environment of the NICU

Webinar Date:  Friday, March 13, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Kathi Salley Randall RN, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC 

The “environment” is a term used to describe the endless combination of external factors surrounding and affecting an organism.  Unfortunately most of us find ourselves living in an environment contaminated with potentially harmful chemicals that can enter our blood stream through the lungs, digestive system and skin.

In this presentation we will review the unique vulnerability of developing newborns and specific routes of potential exposure for us all.  We will review common environmental toxins and their associated health risks, provide practical tips on how to identify and minimize exposures to these substances, and simple ways that you can advocate for safer ingredients in everyday products – from food to skin care products and cleaning supplies.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (after March 13), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.

To Serve, Protect and Treat: Two Neonatal Skin Care Challenges

Webinar Date:  Friday, January 9, 2015:  9 am PT, 10 am MT; 11 am CT, noon EST

Faculty:  Media Esser, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, PhD(c), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Neonatal nurses are aware of the importance of proper newborn skin care and the importance of following a standardized plan of care. Neonatal skin issues have been known to contribute to sepsis, extended length of stay, deformities, scarring, pain, stress, and parent dissatisfaction.  The most common skin issues that neonatal nurses face are diaper dermatitis along with various other tissue injuries that occur from daily bedside care.

This presentation will focus on how the use of a diaper dermatitis algorithm can provide consistency in care and ultimately decrease the incidence of diaper dermatitis in the NICU. We will also discuss how the use of hydrogel dressings can impact the healing of various other skin injuries seen in the NICU.

Our Learning Objectives:

Go to www.dandlelion-webinars.com to register for the webinar, listen to the recording (afterJanuary 12), earn a free CE and/or download the flyer.