Presentation Information

Patricia A. Scott

The Many Uses of Telemedicine in Neonatal Care

  • Speaker: Patricia A. Scott , DNP, APRN, NNP-BC, C-NPT
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME

The use of telemedicine is an emerging trend in health care, this includes neonatal care. Benefits include real-time access to experts routinely and during emergency situations such as delivery room resuscitations and stabilizations, the ability for families to stay connected to their newborn in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after the mother has been discharged from the hospital, and to assist in the decision for transport of the newborn to a higher level of care. Several studies have documented the reduction in transfers from community hospitals since telehealth has been implemented in the nursery. Limitations include the need for knowledgeable and experienced providers to be at bedside, physicians who are familiar with advance practice providers and their abilities, and the technical challenges that can present and have to remedied.