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This course is useful to any practicing nurse, nurse faculty, or student wanting to acquire fundamental knowledge of performing a newborn assessment.


Commercial Support Acknowledgment No commercial support was provided for the development of this activity.

Statement of Need 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.

Method of ParticipationTo complete this activity and obtain CE credit, you must do the following:

  • Read this Course Introduction / Disclosures section in its entirety
  • Read the course material
  • Complete the post test with a score of 80% or higher
  • Complete the activity evaluation form

    Accreditation Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.*

    Medcom/Trainex is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider number FBN2818).

    *Accreditation refers to recognition of educational activities only and does not imply Commission on Accreditation approval or endorsement of any product.

    Credit Designation Medcom, Inc. designates this educational activity for 1 contact hour of continuing nursing education credit.

    OverviewThis 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 newborn's 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.

    Learning Objectives After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Assess and facilitate the first breaths of the newborn
  • Manage 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.

    Medcom, Inc. is the corporate author of this educational activity. Kari Marie Albrecht, RN, MSN, and Paulette Wilske, BSN, RNC served as subject matter experts in review of the content, and performed a content validation review.

    In accordance with ANCC Standards, parallel documents from other accrediting bodies, and Medcom, Inc. policy, the learner is hereby informed that the planners and staff of Medcom, Inc., and the content validation reviewers involved with this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. Furthermore, there is no discussion in this activity about the use of products for non FDA-approved indications.

    Unnapproved Use DisclosureMedcom, Inc. requires authors and content validation reviewers to disclose to the learner when products or procedures being discussed are off-label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational (not FDA approved); and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Authors of this activity may present information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. If you have questions, contact the medical affairs department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.

    As in all educational activities, we encourage the practitioners to use their own judgment in treating and addressing the needs of each individual patient, taking into account the patient's unique clinical situation. Medcom disclaims any liability and/or loss resulting from the information contained in this activity. The learner specifically agrees to indemnify and hold Medcom, the creators, producers, and distributors of this activity harmless against any and all claims or liabilities arising out of the use of any information provided in this activity by the learner, or by anyone directly or indirectly obtaining such information through the learner.

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    Assessment of the Newborn: The First 10 Minutes Online course
    • Course ID:
      244855
    • Duration:
      n/a
    • Price:
      $50