2018 Spring National Advanced Practice Neonatal Nurses Conference

10 - Practical Pharmacology for Neonatal Pain and Sedation

May 3, 2018 1:00pm ‐ May 3, 2018 5:00pm

Credits: None available.

Standard: $50.00


During this in-depth session, our speakers describe the mechanisms of pain perception in the developing nervous system, review non-pharmacologic measures for pain and distress, discuss the evidence base for pharmacologic neonatal analgesia and sedation and the pharmacologic principles associated with analgesia and sedation management in neonatal ICU patients. They’ll deliver an empowering message to help advanced practice providers comprehend and manage the complexities of analgesia and sedation in the NICU.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the behavioral signs of pain in the premature vs the full-term newborn.
  • Describe at least one commonly used standardized neonatal pain assessment tool.
  • List common short-and long-term risks that may be associated with neonatal administration of sedative or opiate analgesics.


  • John D. Barks, MD, Professor of Pediatrics Director, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, The University of Michigan
  • Daniel Pak, PharmD, NICU and Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist, Seattle Children's Hospital

Credits Available

Practical Pharmacology for Neonatal Pain and Sedation Exam

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