Importance of Adequate DHA/ARA in Preterm Infants

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Dr. Michael Caplan and Dr. Camilia Martin discuss the important functions of adequate docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) balance in the preterm infant, with a focus on the role of DHA/ARA in neurodevelopment, growth, and retinal development. During the first postnatal week, in preterm infants, DHA levels rapidly decline, and ARA levels are also altered. Faculty will highlight the challenges of achieving adequate DHA/ARA intake in preterm infants, the benefits of DHA/ARA supplementation, as well as the current NICU practices of DHA/ARA supplementation, and how those practices might evolve in the future.

 

Course Credit:

1.00 AANP Contact Hour
1.00 ACPE Contact Hour
1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM
1.00 ANCC Contact Hour
1.00 CA-BRN Contact Hour
1.00 CDR Contact Hour

Dates:

Opens: 2019-12-13
Closes: 2021-12-13

Target Audience:

This activity was developed for neonatologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, hospital pharmacists and other health care providers who have an interest in newborns, infants and toddlers.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition.
  • Michael Caplan, MD

    Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
    Chief Scientific Officer, NorthShore University HealthSystem
    Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
    Chicago, Illinois

  • Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
    Associate Director, NICU, Department of Neonatology
    Director for Cross-Disciplinary Research Partnerships
    Division of Translational Research
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    Boston, Massachusetts

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role DHA/ARA plays in developing infants
  • Recognize the importance of adequate DHA/ARA balance in preterm infants
  • Associate current NICU practices with DHA/ARA accretion rates in preterm infants

Faculty Disclosures

Michael Caplan, MD

  • Research Support
    • Mead Johnson Nutrition – clinical area: Infant Nutrition
  • Consultant
    • Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals – clinical area: Probiotics
  • Speakers Bureau
    • Mead Johnson Nutrition – clinical area: Infant Nutrition

Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS

  • Research Support
    • Abbott Nutrition – Clinical Area: Infant Nutrition
    • Alcresta Therapeutics – Clinical Area: Infant Nutrition
  • Consultant
    • Fresenius Kabi – Clinical Area: Infant Nutrition
    • Mead Johnson Nutrition – Clinical Area: Infant Nutrition 
  • Scientific Advisory Board
    • Laurent Pharmaceuticals – Clinical Area: Cystic Fibrosis
    • Prolacta Bioscience – Clinical Area: Infant Nutrition

Accreditation and Certification

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program has been assigned ACPE Universal Program #0797-0000-19-141-H04-P. This program is designated for up to 1.00 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 040207.
This program is designated for up to 1.00 contact hour. Program ID# 5815-EM.
The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
A maximum of 1.00 contact hour may be earned for successful completion of this activity.
Provider is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #13664, for 1.00 contact hour.
To receive credit for education contact hours outside of the state of California, please check with your state board of registered nursing for reciprocity.
Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Registered dietitians (RDs) and dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs) will receive 1.00 hour continuing professional education unit (CPEU) for completion of this program/material.
Provider Number AC857; Activity Number 152544.
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Additional Content Planners

Erin Allen, MS, RD, LDN (Dietitian Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Coy Flowers, MD (Peer Reviewer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Heather M. Jimenez, FNP-C (Nurse Planner)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Jessica Martin, PhD (Medical Writer)
No significant relationships to disclose.

Annenberg Center for Health Sciences

All staff at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower have no relevant commercial relationships to disclose.