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.
Upon completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:
Differentiate early-onset pneumonia from late-onset pneumonia
Discuss the signs and symptoms associated with pneumonia
Identify necessary diagnostic testing to establish a diagnosis of pneumonia
Formulate a plan of care for the neonate with pneumonia that includes treatment strategies
Discuss the complications associated with pneumonia and how they may impact the severity of the disorder.
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