Why you want to attend:
Infants spending time in the neonatal intensive care unit are exposed to a number of painful procedures on a daily basis. For infants with an extended length of stay, this can result in hundreds of painful exposures over the course of the first several months of life. A growing body of evidence has shown that unmitigated pain can have deleterious short- and long-term consequences on the developing infant, yet pain in this vulnerable population is often unrecognized and undertreated. This presentation will provide neonatal care team members with the tools required to implement effective environmental and behavioral strategies to minimize the effects of painful exposures in high-risk infants.
- Discuss the challenges of identifying and addressing pain in infants.
- Describe two or more negative consequences associated with repeated episodes of unmitigated pain in hospitalized infants.
- Identify at least two strategies to mitigate procedural pain in high-risk infants.
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Lori Brittingham, MSN, RN, CNS, ACCNS-N
Lori is a Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania and holds a faculty position in the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She received a BSN from Temple University and completed her MSN at The University of Pennsylvania. Lori recently completed her 2nd term as a Staff Nurse Director-at-large on the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Board of Directors and is currently the NANN President-Elect. She has presented extensively on developmental care topics, pain management, infant bone health, and discharge process improvement.