Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Neonatal Infection: Early Recognition, Assessment and Interventions for Optimal Patient Care

This CPD programme provides registered nurses and midwives with knowledge and a critical understanding of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of neonatal sepsis. The content will cover the assessment, diagnosis and the multicomponent approach to the management of infection and neonatal sepsis. This programme will reinforce the importance of the early recognition and treatment of neonatal sepsis.

Programme duration 6 hours
Entry requirements Registered nurses and midwives
  • Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI Continuing Nursing & Midwifery Education Units: 6 CNMEUs
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) Continuing Education Units: 6 CEUs
Assessment No
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Programme contact

Ms Catherine Clune Mulvaney, Operations & Education Manager, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses and midwives with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of neonatal infection.
  • To support registered nurses and midwives in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences, with regard to caring for sick neonates and their families who are affected by infection.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:
  • Critically discuss the anatomy and physiology of the immune and lymphatic system.
  • Critically discuss the epidemiology, aetiology and pathophysiology of neonatal sepsis.
  • Critically discuss the diagnostic tests and interpretation of findings.
  • Critically discuss how to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Critically discuss the common organisms to which neonates are most susceptible and the antimicrobial treatment options.
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