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Feeding & Swallowing in the NICU

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Oral Presentation

Subjects

Neonatal intensive care, Newborn infants -- Care, Deglutition disorders in infants, Speech disorders

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Advisor

Brandon Eddy

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICU) provide around the clock care to fragile and premature infants, and the teams and professionals that work within the NICU are varied and diverse. A speech language pathologist (SLP) is an important member of the NICU team to assess and treat feeding and swallowing disorders. Feeding issues in the NICU are common and a significant source of anxiety for caregivers.

For clinicians and students unfamiliar with the NICU, navigating the precarious culture of the NICU, and treating higher risk patients can be difficult. However, many students and clinicians lack knowledge and experience for this specific population. Further, clinicians who are interested in transitioning in the NICU setting may have difficulty making the setting change due to knowledge and experience gaps.

This project aimed to evaluate evidence-based practices and develop a continuing education resource for students and practicing clinicians interested in practicing in the NICU setting. Competencies to be addressed included NICU environment, interdisciplinary team and culture, SLP’s role in the NICU, developmental feeding skills, respiration, feeding interventions, and trauma informed care. Methods to assess knowledge and skills as a result of engaging in this resource were developed and will be presented at the Portland State Research Symposium.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35448

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Feeding & Swallowing in the NICU

Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICU) provide around the clock care to fragile and premature infants, and the teams and professionals that work within the NICU are varied and diverse. A speech language pathologist (SLP) is an important member of the NICU team to assess and treat feeding and swallowing disorders. Feeding issues in the NICU are common and a significant source of anxiety for caregivers.

For clinicians and students unfamiliar with the NICU, navigating the precarious culture of the NICU, and treating higher risk patients can be difficult. However, many students and clinicians lack knowledge and experience for this specific population. Further, clinicians who are interested in transitioning in the NICU setting may have difficulty making the setting change due to knowledge and experience gaps.

This project aimed to evaluate evidence-based practices and develop a continuing education resource for students and practicing clinicians interested in practicing in the NICU setting. Competencies to be addressed included NICU environment, interdisciplinary team and culture, SLP’s role in the NICU, developmental feeding skills, respiration, feeding interventions, and trauma informed care. Methods to assess knowledge and skills as a result of engaging in this resource were developed and will be presented at the Portland State Research Symposium.

Please provide feedback:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8iWQbpmKhYjBW2yfstDif8uFemi6OqsO3Xc-DSldPNztCGg/viewform?usp=sf_link