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Nutritional Needs in the NICU—How Prebiotics and Probiotics Can Help

Nutritional Needs in the NICU—How Prebiotics and Probiotics Can Help

Format

Audio

Time to Complete

15 minutes

Released

April 15, 2019

Expires

April 1, 2021
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Maximum Credits

0.25 / AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
0.25 / CNE Contact Hour
0.25 / CPEU for Registered Dietitians (RDs) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs)

Accredited Provider

Jointly provided by Haymarket Medical Education (HME) and AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Abbott Nutrition

Program Description

The gut microbiota is now recognized as a “virtual organ” with effects that extend well beyond the GI tract to help shape the immune system and the developing brain. Microbial dysbiosis can predispose neonates toward a number of serious disorders, including necrotizing enterocolitis, late-onset sepsis, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, malnutrition, asthma, and atopy. Prebiotics and probiotics have drawn increasing attention in recent years as one potential intervention for correcting microbial dysbiosis and improving neonatal and infant health.

In this educational podcast, Dr. Roger Soll discusses the pivotal role of the microbiome and gut microbiota in neonatal health and development, as well as the factors that influence early microbiota development. Data from recent studies on the use of probiotics and prebiotics in the NICU for correcting microbial dysbiosis are presented, as are the potential implications of these data for routine clinical practice.

Intended Audience

NICU healthcare providers including neonatologists, pediatricians, NICU nurses, NPs and PAs, registered dietitians, and other healthcare providers who care for pre-term infants.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe the association between the gut microbiome and long-term health outcomes
  • Review the latest evidence for the use of probiotics/prebiotics in the NICU and the implications for clinical practice
  • Implement evidence-based strategies to reduce the risk for necrotizing enterocolitis and other serious complications among very-low-birth weight neonates

Disclosure of Conflict of Interest Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, HME and AKH require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. HME and AKH resolve all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.

Faculty

Roger Soll, MD
H. Wallace Professor of Neonatology
Department of Pediatrics
Research Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Burlington, VT
Professor, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

Dr. Soll is the Director of the Vermont Oxford Network.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

Susan Basilico and Krista Sierra of Haymarket Medical Education, the staff of AKH and Dorothy Caputo, MA, BSN, RN, Lead Nurse Planner of AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Credit

0.25

Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM  . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit

0.25

Type

CNE Contact Hour(s)

Accreditation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

This enduring activity is awarded 0.25 contact hours for nurses.

Credit

0.25

Type

CPEU Credit

Accreditation Statement

AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Designation Statement

Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 0.25 continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material. CDR Accredited Provider #AN008.

Additional Credit Information

Physician Assistant Continuing Education
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM  from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 0.25 Category 1 Credit for completing this activity.

Nurse Practitioner Continuing Education
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM  from organizations accredited by ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCP for further guidelines.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This CME/CE activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME/CE activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition.

Disclaimer

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Haymarket Medical Education or AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

If you have any questions relating to the accreditation of this activity, please contact HME at cmequestions@haymarketmedical.com.

If you have any questions relating to the CE accreditation of this activity, please contact AKH at jgoldman@akhcme.com.

If you have any questions relating to your certificate or have other issues with this activity, please contact myCME.Support@haymarketmedical.com.

Instructions

To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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