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ATAIN: Avoiding Term Admissions Into Neonatal units
Celyn Kenny, ST4
With March fast approaching and job change on the horizon new challenges may be facing some trainees. A daunting role is that of starting in a tertiary Neonatal Unit. E-learning for health offers an online e-learning course on avoiding tem admission on the Neonatal unit. A great refresher on basic Neonatal medicine, post natal ward case scenarios with the addition of empowering us on our role to minimise term admission and keep babies with their parents.
What is it?
E-learning for Healthcare offers a vast and diverse range of e-modules, great to enhance knowledge, empower leadership skills and also as an opportunity of reflection on cases we have learnt from in our clinical practice. This module is no different. ATAIN is a recognised BAPM Gold standard in improving the care of our term neonates in the immediate post-partum period with the aim of minimising admissions to the NICU and keeping these infants where they belong, with their parents.
This online course is made up of various modules, videos and self-assessment quizzes on a range of neonatal topics which include respiratory distress, jaundice, hypoglycaemia and HIE. More than just the medical topics, this online e-learning also shares information on the importance of maternal health surrounding childbirth, and the importance of minimising, where possible, mother-baby separation. It was refreshing to see the holistic approach to Neonatal Medicine.
Is it easy to work through?
Yes. (and of note I am no technology Queen)
Who is it useful for?
Any Paediatric trainee of level one or two who are about to embark on a Neonatal rotation.
A foundation trainee who may have an interest in Paediatrics or about to start a rotation with a level 2 special care baby unit.
How do I find it?
If you have E-Learning for Healthcare log in just type ATAIN into the search tool on top right hand side. I highly recommend getting an E-Learning for Health account which you can register for as it has such a plethora of online learning opportunities.
Would I recommend?
Yes! I may be slightly biased as I have always had a soft spot for Neonatal Medicine, however this E-Learning is easy to follow and quite refreshing to re-visit as it is light reading. As it included a maternal health module focusing on the impact of mother and baby separation it provided an opportunity to reflect on the importance of communicating with parents throughout their baby’s care, whether it is on the NNU or transitional care. Having a newborn is extremely stressful especially if there are unplanned health complications, and with this pandemic we need to ensure, more than ever, that we keep parents informed at all times. This module is basic and I would also recommend a refresher on the Neonatal Network guidelines, but provides a great starting foundation and of course an opportunity to set up a QI project. Did I mention there is also a completion certificate? Who doesn’t love a certificate!
Submit an abstract! Deadline extended to 10th February
ST David’s’ Day conference (SDDC)/ Cenhadledd Gwyl Ddewi 2021
The daffodils are starting to bloom which can only mean one thing …..registration for the annual SDDC is OPEN!
Get your Study leave requests in for March 25th as we welcome the annual St David's Day conference which will be held virtually this year! 2020 has been an unexpected and challenging year and we look forward to a conference that celebrates the future of Paediatrics. The theme this year is the future of children and young people in a more equal and diverse world. A day to celebrate identity with a big focus on inclusivity in an ever hanging world. With a plethora of topical guest speakers, interactivity and fun.
There is also an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate all the hard work and projects undertaken this year with an opportunity to submit an abstract now!
The day will be brought to a close with the PAFTA’s so get your nominations in now!
Dr Annabel Greenwood