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NASCEND Essentials Conference Improved Care for Substance Exposed Infants

October 2 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

This one-day program is designed to meet the educational needs of the healthcare professionals working in the Neonatal/Perinatal areas, including nurses, dietitians, social workers, physical therapists and occupational therapists. Through presentation and discussion, the program will provide “new “information and research that can be applied in the clinical setting to improve patient outcomes.

Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
• Recognize addiction as a disease and understand its impact.
• Learn the neurochemical mechanism of addiction via the dopamine reward system.
• Discuss addiction and pregnancy.
• Understand the effects of maternal drug use on the fetus and the newborn.
• Review maternal/infant bonding and attachment and the complications with substance abuse.
• Implement three steps to help parents build their capacity to engage with their infant.
• Define NAS and understand its impact.
• Understand the variability of NAS symptoms based on maternal substance use
• Examine an approach to diagnose and monitor preterm infants with NAS.
• Examine an approach to care for the complicated patient with NAS.
• Review traditional comfort measures.
• Recognize the common signs of infant over stimulation

• Learn how to use music as a comfort measure.
• Assess how to use the “iso-principle” to calm and improve sleep in newborns.
• Review compounding and minimizing factors for gastrointestinal dysfunction in NAS.
• Identify the nutritional needs of substanceexposedinfants.
• Discuss the benefits and contraindications of breastfeeding in NAS.
• Learn the symptoms of withdrawal and how they are used in a common sense approach to assessing the infant with withdrawal
• Practice a common sense approach to assessing the infant with withdrawal.


October 2
7:00 am - 5:00 pm


Denver Marriott
South Park Meadows, 10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124 United States
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(303) 925-0004