Tenth Annual Chronic Lung Disease Conference • March 5–6, 2024
This course will explore the pathophysiology, current research and key aspects of the management of severe CLD, including diagnostic and treatment options. This course will also discuss the long-term needs of infants with severe CLD, highlighting the chronic nature of this illness extending beyond the neonatal period.
Severe chronic lung disease (CLD) of infancy, also known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), is the most common chronic complication of premature birth. It affects approximately 25% of preterm infants with birth weights less than 1,500 grams and more than 50% of infants weighing less than 750 grams. Infants with BPD frequently require lengthy hospital stays and costly post-discharge medical care. A diagnosis of BPD is a strong predictor of long-term impairment in lung function, cardiovascular health, growth and neurodevelopment. Management of infants with severe CLD/BPD presents a unique challenge due to its multisystem involvement and common association with multiple non-lung comorbidities. A coordinated, evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach is crucial to achieve the best outcomes for this high-risk population. Ideally, this strategy includes cohesive management between neonatal and pediatric care providers to facilitate high-level continuity of care during the transition to home and throughout the child’s life. This multidisciplinary course is intended for physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists and other members of the healthcare team such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, dietitians and social workers who provide care for patients with CLD/ BPD and their families. This course will explore the pathophysiology, current research and key aspects of the management of severe CLD, including diagnostic and treatment options. This course will also discuss the long-term needs of infants with severe CLD, highlighting the chronic nature of this illness extending beyond the neonatal period.
- Describe the associated challenges for infants with BPD/CLD when transitioning away from the NICU setting.
- Review expert approaches to clinical management of medically complex infants.
- Understand the interplay between aerodigestive inflammation and management of airway stenosis.
- Discuss evidence-based strategies in caring for infants with severe BPD/CLD.
- Explore how general movement assessments are different for infant with severe BPD/CLD.
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