PT Course Details
Course # 1241
Physical Therapy in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
This course is mobile compatible.
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Editor's Note: Regarding Pennsylvania credits, this course is approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 1 hour of Direct Access CE credit and 1 hour of General CE Credit.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Describe the synactive theory of development as the basis for neonatal physical therapy management.
- Identify the special needs of the neonatal patient and correctly interpret their time out and interaction signals.
- Describe kangaroo care practices and list their effects on preterm infant development.
- Develop meaningful physical therapy goals for the NICU patient.
- List evidence-based intervention strategies appropriate for the NICU infant, and describe important areas in parental education in the NICU.
|0-10 Minutes||The NICU environment|
|10-20 Minutes||The special needs of the neonatal patient. Interpreting infant signals|
|20-35 Minutes||Physical therapy examination and the synactive theory|
|35-45 Minutes||Writing goals in the NICU and developing a plan of care.|
|45-60 Minutes||Developmentally appropriate care – evidence for effectiveness|
|60-80 Minutes||Other evidence-based interventions in the NICU|
|80-90 Minutes||The parent perspective|
|90-110 Minutes||Case study interactive activity|
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Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PT, DPT, PhD
Alicia Fernandez-Fernandez, PT, DPT, PhD graduated from the University of Oviedo (Spain, 1997) with a diploma in physical therapy and practiced in a variety of settings as a physical therapist in Spain before moving to the US and obtaining her M.S. in Physical Therapy at Florida International University (2002). She has practiced at the South Miami Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) 2003-present. She completed a post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Nova Southeastern University (2010), and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (2013). She continues to practice in the NICU on a per diem basis. In 2011 she joined Nova Southeastern University as Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department, where she teaches Pediatrics, Kinesiology, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Gender Issues, and Clinical Skills. Her research interests encompass the effectiveness of physical therapy in the neonatal population, functional outcomes of pediatric orthopedic interventions, the use of wearable technology in physical therapy education and patient management, and the development of image-guided therapy agents for cancer.
Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
Continuing Education Information
PhysicalTherapy.com is an approval agency for the Physical Therapy Board of California.
IL Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor
This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Introductory level) by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (Sponsor License #216000252).
Illinois Early Intervention Training Program
This course is offered for 2.0 hours of continuing education (Introductory level) by the Kansas Physical Therapy Association.
This course is offered for 2 hours (Introductory level, Category 2) by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association (Provider #CS80-2012-KPTA).
This course meets the basic criteria of the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.2 CEUs.
PhysicalTherapy.com is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
This course is offered for 2 hours (Introductory level) by the Commonwealth of PA Dept. of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs. Please refer to course abstract for details regarding general and direct access hours.
Texas Physical Therapy Association
This course is offered for 2.0 hours (Introductory level) by the Texas Physical Therapy Association.
Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit.
Please Note: The CEU exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.
Event participation is free, but you must be a CEU Total Access member to complete the exam and earn the continuing education credit.
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