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Neonates and Paediatrics

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Introduction

The content for these courses is based on the national Patient Blood Management Guidelines: Module 6 – Neonatal and Paediatrics.

These courses:

  • will outline general PBM strategies for neonatal and paediatric patients, including screening and management of anaemia, prevention and management of blood loss and appropriate use of blood components
  • are designed for healthcare professionals working in a neonatal and/or paediatric setting, primarily nurses and trainee medical officers up to registrar level. However, other clinicians may also benefit from its content.

Pre-requisite

The PBM for Neonates and Paediatrics course will need to be completed before you can access any of the specialty courses (Paediatric Haematology/Oncology, Neonatal Preterm, Fetal Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia, Paediatric Surgical, Paediatric Major Haemorrhage, or Paediatric Iron Deficiency Anaemia).

Time frame to complete courses

  • PBM for Neonates and Paediatrics – one hour
  • Paediatric Haematology/Oncology – 30 minutes
  • Neonatal Preterm – 30 minutes
  • Fetal Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia – 30 minutes
  • Paediatric Surgical – 30 minutes
  • Paediatric Major Haemorrhage – 30 minutes
  • Paediatric Iron-deficiency Anaemia – TBA

Course Details

These courses will outline general PBM strategies for neonatal and paediatric patients, including screening and management of anaemia, prevention and management of blood loss and appropriate use of blood components.

PBM for neonates and paediatrics

Content within this course is delivered under the following headings:

  • Patient blood management for neonatal and paediatric patients
  • Optimisation of red cell mass
  • Minimisation of blood loss
  • Appropriate use of transfusion
  • Transfusion practice

Learning objectives:

  • Identify causes of anaemia and iron deficiency in neonates, infants, children, and adolescents, and outline the approach to assessment and management
  • Recognise the risks of bleeding and blood loss, and outline strategies to minimise blood loss in your patient group
  • Describe strategies to optimise your patient’s tolerance of anaemia, and the consensus guidance to be used when transfusion is indicated.

Specialty Courses

Case-based courses are currently available for paediatric haematology/oncology, neonatal preterm, fetal neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia with further specialty courses to follow. These will include paediatric major haemorrhage, paediatric surgical and paediatric iron-deficiency anaemia. Specific learning objectives for each specialty course will be found on the Introduction page of the course.

 

The first of these courses were released in March 2018, with further specialty modules to follow.
The content is based on current clinical guidelines, other evidence-based material and/or expert opinion. We regularly review our courses to reflect any changes in these source materials.

Endorsement & CPD

BloodSafe eLearning Australia seeks endorsement and allocation of CPD points for courses from medical, nursing and midwifery colleges, societies and healthcare organisations. Further information on professional organisations and CPD points is provided below.

Endorsement

International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

NMBoard_web Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Under continuing professional development (CPD) standards set by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia one hour of active learning equals one hour of CPD. User evaluation of each of the Neonates and Paediatrics courses, demonstrates that on average it takes between approximately 30 minutes and one hour to complete each course. Therefore it is recommended to view the Introduction page to record the correct amount of time allocated to each individual course for the purpose of self-directed CPD.
Other Professions and Medical Specialties 
User evaluation of each of the Neonates and Paediatrics courses, demonstrates that on average it takes between approximately 30 minutes and one hour to complete each course. Therefore it is recommended to view the Introduction page to record the correct amount of time allocated to each individual course for the purpose of CPD.

Assessment

There is an online assessment of multiple choice questions at the end of the PBM for Neonates and Paediatrics course and also at the end of each of the Specialty courses.

A minimum grade of 66% is required to complete each course.

You need to successfully complete the PBM for Neonates and Paediatrics course before you can access the Specialty courses.

A certificate will be automatically emailed to your registered email address after you have successfully completed the course assessment.
If you don’t pass a course assessment, you can redo it as many times as you need. It is recommended you revisit the learning content because the assessment questions may change for each attempt.

You must complete the assessment for this course within three months. If not, then the assessment will need to be commenced again.

You can see a summary of the courses you have successfully completed in My certificates or via the Course certificates link on the My courses page.

Development Team

Project Team

Dr Amanda Thomson: Medical Editor
Ms Louise English: Clinical Education Project Officer
Ms Susan Ogley: Clinical Education Project Officer
Mr David Peterson: Program Manager

Peer Reviewer

Thanks to the wider group of health professionals who provided evaluation and feedback during the development process. We would particularly like to thank:

PBM in Neonates and Paediatrics – Dr Gemma Crighton, Dr Asha Fuller, Ms Anne Kinmonth, Ms Dolly Mathew, Dr Bryony Ross and Dr Bronwyn Williams

Paediatric Haematology/Oncology – Dr Gemma Crighton, Dr Chris Fraser, Dr Rebecca Manudhane, Ms Pamela Needham and Dr Ben Saxon

Neonatal  Preterm – A/Professor Helen Liley, Dr Amy Keir, Dr Michael Stark, Dr Chris Lai, Dr Tamsin Roberts, Dr Mary Ghazawy, Ms Gill Mibus, Mr Trevor Cresp

Fetal Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia – A/Professor Helen Liley, Dr Callum Gately, Dr Friederike Beker, Dr Annette Swift, Dr Joy Domingo-Bates, Dr David Risson, Dr Shoma Baidya

Thanks to the following clinicians for their contribution to video content for these courses:

Dr Gemma Crighton
Professor Mark Fung
Professor Cassandra Josephson
Ms Anne Kinmonth
Dr Ben Saxon
A/Professor Warwick Teague
Ms Natalie van der Haak
A/Professor Helen Liley
Dr Amy Keir

Appreciation

BloodSafe eLearning Australia wish to thank the:

  • WCH Pharmacy, particularly Ambica Bangalore Shibaram for providing medications for photography
  • Michael Rice Centre for Haematology/Oncology, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide
  • Postnatal Ward, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide

Others Involved in Clinical photography:

Nurses: Emma Saunders, Shandelle Hill, Callie Ayles, Lara Bear, Chelsea Gallagher, Min Chen, Helena Smith
Doctor (Actor): Luke Jovanovich
Kade Bradley: Leo Schulze
Kade’s Parents: Chris and Alex Schulze
Louise English: Jonah’s photograph

And thank you for your expert assistance:

Natalie van der Haak
Marlene Kene
Romi Sinha
Nicole Elliot-Wood
Dr Rebecca Linke

Production Team

Production Studio: Digital Media Unit, Centre for Education and Training, Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Adelaide, South Australia
Interactive Design and Development: Peter Bailes, Chris Faulkner and Andrew Dunn
Software Development: Chris Faulkner and Andrew Dunn
Graphic Design: Kristin Stone and Laura Michelmore
Photography: Chris Sprod
Video, Photography and Production: Greg Opie
Multimedia development: Helen Snoswell and Anthony Colicchio
Learning Management System: Brightcookie Pty Ltd

Funding for BloodSafe eLearning Australia has been provided by all Australian Governments via the National Blood Authority