Recognition and Management of the
Neonate with Pneumonia


Terese Verklan, RN, CCNS, PhD, FAAN

Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Nursing, Galveston, TX



Pneumonia in a newborn can be very difficult to differentiate from respiratory distress syndrome. More specifically, late-onset pneumonia is commonly thought to be related to other etiologies. The presentation will discuss the etiology of early- and late-onset pneumonia and identify common pathogens that are responsible for the illness. Pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic evaluation, management and complications will also be presented.



Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Differentiate early-onset pneumonia from late-onset pneumonia

  2. Discuss the signs and symptoms associated with pneumonia

  3. Identify necessary diagnostic testing to establish a diagnosis of pneumonia

  4. Formulate a plan of care for the neonate with pneumonia that includes treatment strategies

  5. Discuss the complications associated with pneumonia and how they may impact the severity of the disorder.

Supported by an educational grant 

Philips Healthcare

Continuing Education for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists 

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour. Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care. This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477
and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032