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This Level 7 double practice module provides students with the essential knowledge and skills of caring for premature and sick neonates nursed in high dependency and intensive care. Students will draw upon knowledge and skills gained in practice and explore the physiological principles underpinning practice and socio-cultural perspectives which influence the care of the neonate and the family. Consideration of the needs of the family will be integrated throughout the content of the module.
Ethical issues surrounding the management of the critically ill neonate and the extremely preterm infant born at the edge of viability will be examined. Palliative care and support of the bereaved family will also be explored. Students will gain skills in caring for premature and sick neonates in high dependency and intensive care through achievement of practice competencies.