Assessment and Care of the Well Newborn


  • Patti Thureen, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, The Children's Hospital and University Hospital, Denver, CO
  • Jane Deacon, RNC, MS, NNP, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, University of Colorado School of Medicine, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO
  • Jacinto Hernandez, MD, PhD, MHA, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine; Chairman Emeritus, Department of Neonatology, The Children's Hospital, Aurora, CO
  • Daniel Hall, MD, Medical Director, Newborn Center, University of Colorado School of Medicine, The Children's Hospital, Denver, CO

Offering a multidisciplinary approach in an accessible outline format, this practical handbook covers all aspects of care for the full-term, well newborn. Written and reviewed by both physicians and nurses, this new edition presents explanations of the events surrounding delivery, the processes necessary to identify newborns that deviate from the norm, the immediate interventions and care required in these situations, and routine care considerations frequently encountered in caring for these infants. Detailed guidance is provided on assessment, delivery room management, transition and post-transition care, and commonly seen problems. Readers will also find information on the assessment of infections, nursery protocols, standardized physician standing orders, and common drugs and their effect on breastfeeding.
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Book information

  • Published: May 2004
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7216-0393-3

Table of Contents

Section I: Obstetrical Considerations in the Management of the Well Newborn
1. Maternal Factors Affecting the Newborn
2. Fetal Assessment, Labor, and Delivery
Section II: Delivery Room Management
3. Resuscitation of the Newborn Infant
4. Recognition and Management of Neonatal Emergencies
Section III: Evaluation and Care of the Newborn Infant during the Transitional Period
5. Adaptation to Extrauterine Life and Management During Normal and Abnormal Transition
6. Birth Injury
7. Physical Assessment of the Newborn
Section IV: Post-Transition Care
8. Feeding the Newborn
9. Routine Care
10. Genetic Screening
11. Circumcision
12. Immunizations
13. Legal Issues
Section V: Common Problems of the Term Newborn
14. Jaundice
15. Plethora and Pallor
16. Approach to the Infant at Risk for Hypoglycemia
17. The Large-for-Gestational Age and the Small-for-Gestational-Age Infant
18. Perinatal Drug Exposure
Section VI: Management of the Infant at risk for Perinatal Infections
19. Bacterial Infections
20. Viral Infections
21. Isolation Procedures
Section VII: Discharge Planning and Follow-Up Care
22. Parental Preparation
23. Discharge Assessment
24. Post Discharge Care
Section VIII: Appendix
A. Parent Advice Guidelines for Newborn Care
B. Medications and Breast Feeding
C. Normal Laboratory Values and Conversion Guides
D. Standard Normal Newborn Orders