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PIPER Learning Packages

  • PIPER neonatal education learning resource package and competency based assessment for Nasal CPAP in Level 2 Special Care Nurseries in Victoria.

    This learning package has been designed to assist registered nurses and midwives working in non-tertiary level 2 special care nurseries in Victoria who may be required, under the direction of a paediatrician, to provide care for a baby requiring nasal continuous positive airway pressure (NCPAP). Care may be whilst awaiting transfer to a higher level of care or continuing care in a non-tertiary level 2 special care nursery.

    The package includes the following topics:

    • Respiratory Distress
    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) - A treatment option for Respiratory Distress
    • Indications for NCPAP in babies having continuing care in non-tertiary L2 SCN's:  Victorian guidelines 2013
    • Contraindications for NCPAP in babies having continuing care in non-tertiary L2 SCN's:  Victorian guidelines 2013
    • Techniques and device options for administration of NCPAP
    • Equipment and resources required for NCPAP delivery via mechanical ventilator or bubble system
    • Nursing care specific to NCPAP
    • Complications associated with nasal CPAP
    • Nutrition
    • Weaning CPAP
    • How to make a PIPER referral and other enquiries

    A NCPAP competency assessment checklist is also provided.

    Neonatal Ventilation (Under review. Due 2016)

    Learning packages

    This learning package has been specifically designed for registered nurses and midwives working within a Level 2 hospital who may be required to provide care for a ventilated neonate whilst awaiting transfer to a higher level of care. The goal of the Neonatal Ventilation learning Nasal CPAP Education Learning Package for Level 2 SCN and resource package is to provide information and guidelines, so that under the direction of a Paediatrician, the Registered Nurse can demonstrate knowledge, understanding and mastery in ventilation management and associated neonatal care.

    The package includes topic overviews, readings, clinical skill sheets for procedures, case studies, ventilator familiarization activities and pre and post tests.

    Topics include:

    • Principles of conventional neonatal ventilation
    • Intubating the neonate
    • Nursing care of a neonate requiring assisted ventilation
    • Surfactant replacement therapy
    • Assessment and management of a neonatal pneumothorax
    • Care of the neonate requiring nasal CPAP
    • Umbilical vessel catheterization
    • Blood gas interpretation

    Congenital Heart Disease (Under review. Due 2016)

    Congenital heart disease learning package

    This learning package has been specifically designed for registered nurses and midwives working within a Level 1 or Level 2 hospital who may be required to provide care for a neonate presenting with suspected congenital heart disease (CHD) whilst awaiting transfer to a tertiary hospital. The scope of the package is such that it would be of benefit to nurses working in any setting who are seeking more information about neonatal CHD.

    The goal of the Congenital Heart Disease learning and resource package is to facilitate the recognition and effective stabilization of the neonate with suspected CHD prior to transfer.

    The package includes: topic overviews, readings, a copy of the Royal Children's Hospital Cardiac Handbook, case studies and pre and post tests.

    Topics include:

    • Embryology and developmental cardiology
    • Risk factors and antenatal screening
    • Prevention, physical examination and investigations
    • Resuscitation, stabilization and nursing care
    • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
    • Congestive cardiac failure
    • Cardiac arrhythmias
    • Structural heart diseases
    • Pharmacology
    • Parent support