This concise guide offers a comprehensive step-by-step framework for midwifery students to learn about all aspects of the newborn infant physical examination (NIPE), a screening assessment completed on all babies between 6 and 72 hours of age.
The Student Guide to the Newborn Infant Physical Examination encourages the reader to approach the examination in a system-based format, with case studies and practice tips to support learning.
The book offers:
• Evidence-based, well-illustrated assessment tools, which take into account the national screening committee standards, and is written by authors with both academic and clinical experience;
• A clear direction on how to perform the NIPE in practice while exploring the wider context of screening in healthcare today;
• Coverage of the changing role of the midwife, and the importance of understanding the whole context of the mother’s care, health promotion and starting the practitioner-parent conversation.
The Student Guide to the Newborn Infant Physical Examination is a core text for all pre-registration midwifery students and a useful resource for qualified midwives, neonatal nurses and practice nurses.
Table of Contents
1. The newborn infant physical examination
2. The changing role of the practitioner caring for the newborn
3. Communication skills in healthcare
4. Maternal factors that influence fetal development
5. Why the maternal history is important for the NIPE practitioner in performing a safe and thorough examination
6. The physical examination: a step-by-step approach
6A. Examination of the head, including the ears, neck, eyes and neurological (tone)
Melanie Carpenter and Michelle Scott
6B. Cardiovascular examination of the newborn infant
6C. Examination of the respiratory system and the chest
6D. Examination of the newborn abdomen and genitalia
6E. The skeletal examination
6F. Examination of the skin
Natalie Anders and Alison Cooke
7. Congenital abnormalities
8. Overview of the NIPE and appropriate and timely referral pathways
Anne Lomax and Claire Evans
9. Clinical competence and professional responsibility
Christopher Lube and Tracey Jones
10. The second examination
Tracey Jones is a senior lecturer in Neonatal Education at the University of Manchester, UK.