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The Late Preterm Infant: Looks Can Be Deceiving

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Course Description

Presented in lecture format, this presentation focuses on the “late preterm infant.” Elements of the program include an overview and epidemiology, obstetrical risk, the role of gestational age assessment, neurodevelopmental considerations, and potential complications and interventions. Graphics, charts and animation are utilized and case scenarios are integrated throughout the presentation to enhance the participant’s learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the physiological and functional abilities and limitations of the “late preterm infant.”
  • Develop a plan of care for the “late preterm infant” in comparison to the term infant.
  • Increase nursing skills, promoting early identification and intervention for the special needs of the “late preterm infant”
  • Develop a systematic approach to assessment and interventions, promoting optimal outcomes for the “late preterm infant.”


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • What We Know: “Just the Facts, Please”
    Definition and Epidemiology | Immediate and Future Concerns
  • Antenatal and Newborn Assessment
    Ultrasound | Gestational Age Assessment
  • Neurological Considerations
    Brain Development | Apnea | Pain Response
  • Respiratory Considerations
    Fetal Lung Development | Transition to Extrauterine Life | Respiratory Distress
  • Gastrointestinal Considerations
    Fetal Gastrointestinal Development | Hyperbilirubinemia | Feeding Intolerance | Breastfeeding Challenges
  • Endocrine Considerations
    Hypoglycemia | Thermoregulation
  • Sepsis Considerations
    Predisposing Risk | Clinical Evaluation
  • Discharge Essentials
    Parental Education | Nutrition and Growth Expectations | Safety Issues