GOLD Neonatal Conference News

What a great week at GOLD Neonatal 2017! We heard presentations from top speakers in the field as we learned about some of the most pressing health concerns faced by today’s neonatal health care professionals.

To start things off on May 15, Dr. Karel Allegart presented “Neonatal Analgesia: A Balanced Approach”. Delegates had the opportunity to hear data on the long term health implications of pain exposure and to better understand why choices around analgesia are so important. Next, Regina Grazel spoke about screening for congenital heart defects in newborns using pulse oximetry. Her presentation helped delegates deepen their understanding of optimal screening and helped them better recognize signs and symptoms of Critical Congenital Heart Defects. Wrapping up this live day, Dr. Sue Hall presented “Evaluation and Stabilization of the Sick Newborn.” During this in-depth talk, we delved into some of the more common conditions seen in newborns as Dr. Hall covered risk factors, symptoms, and screening.

May 16 saw us with another day filled with fun learning! First up was Dr. Nathalie Charpak’s “Kangaroo Mother Care now and then: 30 years of KMC clinical and research experience in a Developing Country”. We learned about the components of this simple yet powerful intervention and we heard some of the statistics about its impact. Next, Kiera Sorrells spoke on the parent experience of the NICU and improving communication. By learning more about how families experience premature birth and all that it entails, delegates were able to think about ways they can tailor communication and family care. Dr. Nancy Wright was our third and final presenter of the day, speaking on donor human milk in the NICU. Her presentation highlighted the specialized needs of premature infants, factors that make human milk so valuable in the NICU, and the safety of human milk products.

We had another great live day on May 17 with Dr. Nicholas Embleton and Dr. Raylene Philips. Dr. Embleton’s talk, “Feeding preterm babies after hospital discharge: breast-milk, fortifier, supplements and complementary foods,” explored the many factors to be considered during this important growth period. By better understanding how complex neonatal nutrition can be, delegates were able to appreciate the immediate and long-term implications of feeding choices. With Dr. Raylene Philips, we learned about the impact of Family-Centered Developmental Care in the NICU on patient outcomes. Dr. Philips spoke about topics including providing individualized care, considering neuroprotective measures, and treating parents as partners in the NICU. Her presentation offered a great opportunity for delegates to consider how they can create change in their workplace.

This week of live presentations at GOLD Neonatal was one packed with insights, information, and inspiration. We’re excited to have this brand new conference underway and that we can be a part of connecting health care providers with these great speakers.

Our inaugural GOLD Neonatal conference got off to a fantastic start on May 8 with Dr. Nils Bergman and his opening keynote “Zero separation of mother and newborn: the science behind the concept”. We had the pleasure of hearing this presentation live twice and the feedback from attendees was phenomenal. A long-trusted source of information in the field, Dr. Bergman put together a presentation rich with information that can be used to improve patient care.

During this eye-opening presentation, attendees gained new insights into the importance of keeping mothers and babies together. Dr. Bergman presented information on the immediate and long-term implications of mother-infant separation and he shed light on the epigenetic impact of baby’s environment after birth. We learned about the long-term consequences of early stressors, how separation is experienced by the infant, the significance to the mother of skin-to-skin care, and much more.

This presentation made for an inspiring opening of GOLD Neonatal 2017. For any who missed the live day, a recording is available free to the public until May 31.

"Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation thank you, I intend to use this information in educating my work colleagues and women that I work with, highly beneficial to mothers and babies, I particularly enjoyed learning the impacts that skin to skin can have on the infant throughout life and look forward to the findings of your latest research. Thank you." Lisa, Australia

"Dr. Nils is one of the valuable figures of researchers who could support the creation of a healthier society. His presentation is clear and evidence-based. I hope his presentations to reach more health care workers and politic makers. Your presentation was excellent. I listen to you for the second time with the same interest." Marta, Romania

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2017 GOLD Neonatal conference is an online global event, connecting delegates with experts in the field. At our 2017 conference, we’re excited to offer a Pharmacology Add-on pack to enhance delegates’ learning experience. GOLD’s add-on packages give delegates an opportunity to deepen their understanding in specific key areas.

At this year’s conference, our Pharmacology Add-on includes 6 expert speakers. They bring a wealth of knowledge and professional experience into their presentations and will share information you can apply directly to your practice.

The Pharmacology Add-on line-up includes:

Amy Holmes PharmD, BCPPS: “Medication Use and Breastfeeding” will give you the tools you need to make sound decisions regarding medication safety during lactation by increasing your understanding of how medications pass into breast milk, and by helping you to access the most up-to-date research.

Bobby Bellflower DNSc, NNP-BC: “Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC: Pathophysiology, Current Treatment, and Prevention” will discuss presumed causes and pathophysiology of NEC, ongoing research to prevent NEC, and current treatment guidelines including drug treatment.

Jim Thigpen PharmD, BCPS: “Choosing wisely – Antibiotic Selection in the NICU” will help you to select the right drug, dose, interval, and monitoring parameters when working with this fragile population.

John Brock Harris Pharm.D., BCPS, BCPPS: “Neonatal Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Characteristics and Implications for Pharmacotherapeutic Decisions” will focus on the pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic principles in neonatal populations and the implications for medication selection and monitoring. Delegates will create a foundation for making pharmacotherapeutic recommendations.

Lori Baas Rubarth PhD, APRN, NNP-BC: “Antibiotics in the NICU: Practical Understanding of Bugs & Drugs” will cover bacteria found in the NICU as well as the antibiotics used to treat them. There will be a focus on penicillins, cephalosporins, aminoglycosides, macrolides, carbapenems, and vancomycin.

Ying-Tang Ng Pharm.D., BCPPS: “ECMO and Medication Therapy Management” will examine the impact of the ECMO circuit on pharmacokinetic properties of medications and how understanding these differences and changes will help maximize medication therapy.

All add-on presentations are available as recordings throughout the conference period. You’ll be able to watch presentations as many times as you like, and handouts are available to download. Many of our delegates print out these hand outs to build their personal resource library!

See you at GOLD Neonatal 2017!
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