Rob DiBlasi RRT-NPS, FAARC
Neonatal Heated High Flow Nasal Cannula: Just Say No or Go with the Flow?
An increasing number of institutions are using heated high flow nasal cannula as a primary form of noninvasive respiratory support for infants. This presentation will explore the available data to improve our understanding of how HFNC works and how it can safely and effectively be used to reduce WOB improve gas exchange and reduce the need for invasive mechanical ventilation.
Media Esser, RN, MSN, NNP-BC
Skin Injury in the NICU - Two risk factors that you'd never guess
Media has over 15 years of experience caring for neonatal patients in hospitals, with a particular interest in building awareness of the importance of neonatal skin care. In 2012 and 2013, she was nominated for the Nurse Excellence Award at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and she has also served as President of the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of NANN. She also completed the Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy, supported by Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) nursing honor society.
Media has presented on skin care nationally, including at the 2014 NANN Conference where she presented two Poster Presentations: Neonatal Skin Care with a Focus on Diaper Dermatitis: Creating and Implementing a Successful Policy Revision, and That Poor Little Bum! The Trials and Tribulations of Diaper Dermatitis. She also serves on the Huggies Nursing Advisory Council since 2015 and has spoken nationally on Every Change Matters™: A Guide to Developmental Diapering Care. She has published two articles related to neonatal skin care in 2016 and 2017.
Media earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Alverno College and a Master of Science in nursing from Stony Brook University. She is currently working on a Nursing PhD at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and became certified as a Wound Nurse in 2017. Her research focus is on neonatal skin injuries specifically diaper dermatitis in the NICU.
Dr. David Sami
Visual & Perceptual Disorders Associated with Premature Birth
As the rate of premature births increase, along with the rate of infant survival, the risk of visual and perceptual disorders has also increased dramatically. These disorders result from immature retinal vasculature and an immature respiratory system, with the associated need for supplemental oxygen and mechanical ventilation. Dr. David Sami will explore the history of prematurity and visual impairment—including ROP and CVI—the treatments used in the past, and what is currently being done to combat these impairments in neonates.