Understanding the Changes of the New 6th Edition Neonatal Resuscitation Program

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In 2010, the American Heart Association updated their guidelines for Neonatal Resuscitation Program training.


The training, which is geared towards health care providers who need to resuscitate newborns in the delivery or in a nursery, was primarily built around a full-day lecture, written tests, and hands-on training. Now, however, students primarily study on their own, take an online test, and then partake in practical hands-on training.


The online examination must be completed within 14 days and is divided into nine separate lessons, each with roughly ten questions. The student has two chances to pass each lesson.


The hands-on course, meanwhile, includes two required components – integrated skills station and simulation and debriefing – as well as performance skills station. The student has 30 days after finishing their online test to complete the hands-on course.


The new training guidelines, which were drafted by the American Heart Association, aim to minimize classroom time while emphasizing in-person, instructor-led training.

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