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Wednesday, April 15
6:45 AM - 1:30 PM Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 AM Networking Opportunity- Exhibits Open (Pastries, bagels, coffee and tea service)
8:00–8:15 AM Welcome/Announcements
8:15-9:15 AM
101 Nursing Hula: How are you Inspired
Pamela (Meli) Almeida, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, CPNP-PC
How are neonatal nurses inspired today? How were our nursing leaders inspired? A historical look at nursing leaders and an example of how we can find inspiration through hula.
9:15-10:15 AM
102 Assessing the Impact of Perinatal Stress and Prematurity on Outcomes in Very Preterm Infants
Charles R. Macias Neal, MD, PhD
Dr. Neal reviews the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS) assessment, epigenetics, and predictions of long-term outcomes. Results of the Neonatal Neurobehavior and Outcomes in Very Preterm Infants (NOVI) multicenter cohort are discussed, including impacts of perinatal stress and complications of prematurity on NNNS scores and predictors.
10:15 - 11:15 am Exhibits Open- Refreshment Break (Coffee, Tea)
1:15 AM - 12:15 PM
103 The Golden Hour and The Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborn (ELGAN): Treating the Tiny Baby
Christopher Gibu, MD
Dr. Gibu discusses the care of VLBW and ELBW neonates, from before birth to the day of discharge, making sense of various protocols and practices, and their importance to this select population. 
12:15 - 1:15 PM
104 THC and the Brain
Le'a Minton, MSN, APRN, CNM
Ms. Minton discusses the endocannabinoid system developing within our brains and its interaction with THC. 
Thursday, April 16
6:45 AM - 1:15 PM Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 AM Networking Opportunity- Exhibits Open (Pastries, bagels, coffee and tea service)
8:00-9:00 AM 
GS 201 ECMO Update 2020
Mark Ogino, MD
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) started as a treatment modality to "rescue" patients, primarily neonates, with a high likelihood of mortality. As advanced respiratory modalities were developed, the use of ECMO declined in the neonatal population. However, the use of extracorporeal life support expanded to other areas and populations. Technological advances have changed bedside management protocols and also treatment team composition. In addition to its application for respiratory and/or cardiac failure, ECMO is now applied for novel uses, and also as a bridge to other therapies. 
9:00–10:00 AM
GS 202 Arrhythmias and Their Management
Andras Bratinscak, MD
Dr. Bratinscak reviews the most common and the most dangerous arrhythmias that can occur in infancy, including SVT, atrial flutter, and ventricular tachycardia, among others. He also discusses common channelopathies and their presentations, such as long QT syndrome. Discussing the various kinds of arrhythmias, presents management options, including administration of drugs, cardioversion, defibrillation in the acute setting as well as for and prevention.
10:00–11:00 AM Exhibits Open—Please Visit Exhibits and Posters (Coffee, Tea)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
GS 203 The Pressure with Pressors: Managing Hypotension in the NICU
Bryan Darling, MD
Dr. Darling examines the etiology and pathophysiology of hypotension and approaches to management. 
12:00–1:00 PM
GS 204 Advances in the Use of Non-Invasive Ventilation in Premature Infants
Alexandra Ramanath, MD
The use of non-invasive ventilation in the care of premature infants is constantly evolving. Dr. Ramnath explores the goals of non-invasive ventilation in the NICU, the respiratory physiology involved, and the available support modalities including NAVA and synchronization, as well as techniques to optimize their delivery. 
Friday, April 17
6:45 - 1:30 PM Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 AM Networking Opportunity- Exhibits Open (Pastries, bagels, coffee and tea service)
A Workshops (Concurrent Sessions)
8:00 - 9:00 AM
GS 311 Diagnostic Dilemmas: A 30-Year Collection of Unusual Cases and Their Diagnostic Approaches
Bryan Darling, MD
Dr. Darling discusses unusual cases encountered during 30 years of his practice. General categories of diagnostic dilemmas are presented with specific case studies discussed and solved as examples. Unleash your inner detective in this interactive session. 
GS 312 Vascular Access with Ultrasound Guidance in the NICU
Sheree Kuo, MD
An ultrasound trained vascular access team in the NICU is essential in reducing delayed care due to difficult venous and arterial cannulation. Dr. Kuo outlines tips, tricks, and troubleshooting when placing PIVS, PALS and PICCS using ultrasound access in the NICU. 
GS 313 Physiatry in the NICU
Tamara Zagustin, MD
Dr. Zagustin will explore the role and benefits of physiatry in the NICU to optimize long-term outcomes in children and families. She explains common physiatrics-relevant diagnoses within the NICU and explores how the expertise and partnership of a physiatrist can be of value. 

B Workshops (Concurrent Sessions)
9:00 - 10:00 AM 
321 Grow Babies Grow: Lessons Learned from a Statewide Collaborative on Preterm Growth
Jae Kim, MD
Dr. Kim discusses the salient learning points from a statewide collaborative on preterm infant growth. Discussion includes early to late implementation strategies and quality improvements that supports improved newborn growth and development.
322 Standardized Approaches to Neonatal Ventilation
Tracy Karp, MS, NNP-BC
Many ventilators, many modes, many studies, but no real answers. Is a standardized approach possible? Do you use one? Join Mr. Karp for this lively discussion. 
323 The NNP Role: Where Did We Come From, Where are We Going?
Janet Blanchard, DNP, NNP-BC
Dr. Blanchard reviews the evolution of the NNP role and discusses the role and its different interpretations today. She'll address the future role align with needs and goals of healthcare today. 
10:00 - 11:00 AM Exhibits Open- Refreshment Break (Coffee, Tea)
C Workshops (Concurrent Sessions)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
331 How to Tackle Wound Care in the NICU
Scott Ninomaya, MD
Dr. Ninomiya will discuss ways to increase impaired skin integrity in the neonatal population, how to discern an active wound infection versus active wound healing, and explore wound care principles using appropriate utilization of a wound care tool/algorithm. 
332 Medications Used for PPHN and PAH
Richard Jack, MD
Dr. Jack compares and contrasts the pathophysiology of PPHN and PAH. He'll review the medications used for acute management of PPHN, and will also discuss the medications used for long term management of PAH in the newborn.
333 Podium Presentation
Multiple presenters
Peer-reviewed abstracts have been selected for podium presentations. Each session has multiple presenters. These cutting-edge presentations will bring you up-to-date on innovative research and clinical and quality improvements projects. Discover what you colleagues are doing in their units as they share their unique experiences. A balance of clinical, research, and education-themed abstracts are presented. 
D Workshops (Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:15 PM  
341 Palliative Care in the NICU
Kandie George, MD
Dr. George discusses the shifting focus of palliative care in medicine and the importance and goals of palliative care in the NICU. She'll discuss how to identify patients who would benefit from a neonatal palliative care consult and explores the benefits and challenges of neonatal palliative care.
342 Managing Energy Expenditures and Caloric Losses to Promote Optimal Growth in the NICU
Terry S. Johnson, APN, NNP-BC, CLEC, ASPPS, MN, CE
Adequate extrauterine growth is critical for the preterm and the extremely low birthweight (ELBW) infant. Clinicians often experience prescribing adequate growth targets, yet experience less than projected growth outcomes. There may be subtle, less obvious sources of substrate utilization by the baby, lack of sleep, pain, inflammatory processes, or in the delivery of the enteral feeding itself, feeding modes, equipment, duration that "cannibalizes" the prescribed nutrient away from growth utilization. Ms. Johnson describes these pernicious processes and identifies potential solutions. 
343 Podium Presentation
Multiple  Presenters
Peer-reviewed abstracts have been selected for podium presentations. Each session has multiple presenters. These cutting-edge presentations will bring you up-to-date on innovative research and clinical and quality improvement projects. Discover what your colleagues are doing in their units as they share their unique experiences. A balance of clinical, research, and education-themed abstracts are presented. 
Saturday, April 18
6:45 AM - 12:30 PM Registration Open
7:00 - 8:00 AM Networking Opportunity (Pastries, bagels, coffee and tea service) 
8:00 - 9:00 AM 
401 Neonatal Surgical Emergencies
Russell Woo, MD
Dr. Woo provides an overview of common surgical emergencies in the neonatal population. Clinical presentation, Diagnosis, and surgical treatment options will be discussed.
9:00 - 10:00 AM 
402 Defeating the Dysbiosis in Preterm Infants
Jae Kim, MD
Dr. Kim covers the challenges to the preterm infant in developing a healthy gut microbiome to support optimal health, growth, and development.  
10:00 - 10:15 AM Refreshment Break- Iced Tea, Lemonade 
These sessions are combined with the Low Risk Neonatal Nurses Conference
10:15 - 11:15 AM
403 NAS: Inroads to Taming the 45-Year Epidemic
Terry S. Johnson, APN, NNP-BC, CLEC, ASPPS, MN, CE
Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has been a clinical entity for most of our nursing careers. Tremendous amounts of research, interventions, and health care resources have been apportioned to finding a successful prevention, treatment, or cure for this tragic condition affecting newborn infants. Ms. Johnson provides an overview of current best practices in identification, therapy, pharmacologic management, nutrition, family interventions, and community support for infants with NAS and their families. 

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM 
404 A Most Frightening Voyage
Kathy Muneno and Nainoa Thompson
Nainoa Thompson was the first Native Hawaiian in 600 years to navigate a deep-sea Polynesian voyaging canoe from Hawaii to Tahiti only by nature's clues. He has helmed many voyages since. Kathy Muneno has spent 25 years reporting and anchoring the news in Hawai'i, all too often sharing heartache and tragedy. But nothing could have prepared them for the turn of events and spiritual and emotional challenges, when their twins were born. Hear this inspiring story from these NICU parents.  
12:15 - 1:15 PM Closing Remarks 


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