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Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

Duration 19 min
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This program begins with a discussion of primary roles of the placenta and umbilical cord during pregnancy. It goes on to describe the role of surfactant in the lungs and presents the current understanding of factors which foster the newborns first breath. Other topics addressed include: steps to be taken if there is meconium in the amniotic fluid, the four routes of heat loss and the seven factors which increase a newborn's susceptibility to cold stress. The presentation ends with an overview of the APGAR score and its role in newborn assessment.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Assess and facilitate the first breaths of the newborn
  • Deal effectively with an infant that has expelled meconium
  • Use the proper techniques to measure neonatal pulse and respiration
  • Implement actions to maintain the infant's body temperature
  • Describe factors that increase the infant's susceptibility to cold stress
  • Evaluate and provide infants with an Apgar score at 1 and 5 minutes after birth
  • Use appropriate methods to evaluate the infant's cord vessels
  • Properly administer Vitamin K prophylaxis.
Series Overview

Newborns have unique anatomy and physiologic characteristics that need to be assessed at birth. Nurses with limited or no experience in the obstetrical environment need to be made aware of these unique characteristics in order to perform a competent evaluation of a newborn's health.

This series provides nurses with the information they need and demonstrates the skills necessary, to perform a comprehensive assessment of the newborn child.

The programs in this series are:
  • Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes
  • Assessment of the Newborn: The Head to Toe Assessment
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Cardiac Anomalies
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Physical Anomalies and Neurologic Issues
  • Assessment of the Newborn: Gestational Age and Newborn Reflexes

This series is designated for a total of 5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

Products Specifications
Formats Available DVD
Duration 19 min
Supporting Materials
Language English
Languages Available English
Copyright 2016
Product Categories
Healthcare, Pediatrics