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Considerations in NICU Nutrition – A Smooth Transition

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM


  1. Identify the potential benefits and challenges of nutrition protocol development and use in the NICU
  2. Describe how the absence or presence of an ileocecal valve can predispose a neonate to micronutrient deficiencies when transitioning from PN to EN
  3. List the non-specific signs and symptoms that can be suggestive of thiamine deficiency
  4. Describe why calcium and phosphorus are important for preterm infants and how to ensure optimal calcium and phosphorus intakes 


NICU Protocols: Tools for Optimizing Nutrition 

Celina Scala, MS, RD, CSPCC, LD, CNSC, Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition Services, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron, OH

Ensuring Optimal Calcium and Phosphorus Intake in Preterm Infants 
Kara Calkins, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Making the Transition – Avoiding Micronutrient Deficiencies When Transitioning From PN to EN 
Kathleen Gura, PharmD, BCNSP, FASPEN, Manager, Pharmacy Research Programs, Boston Children's Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


Yimin Chen, PhD, RD, CNSC, Assistant Professor, Margaret Ritchie School of Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

CE Credit:1.5 hours
Level: Intermediate
UAN: JA0002345-0000-20-033-L04-P

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