This is a two-day course that covers a range of theoretical and practical topics including:
- assessment and management of the critically ill newborn infant
- advanced skills including airway stations and chest drain workshop
- additional technical skills for events including premature delivery and congenital abnormalities including surgical and cardiac problems
- non-technical skills including effective communication practices
- structured simulations and debriefing on life-threatening emergencies occurring in newborn infants
The course is designed for healthcare professionals involved in the delivery and care of newborn infants in a role more advanced that that of first responder. Candidates must hold a current Resuscitation Council UK NLS provider certificate and should be involved in the care of the pre-term and sick newborn infants. It is for people taking the course for the first time, as well as those who are looking to recertify.
Candidates will mainly be medical staff at ST3 level and above (in or about to commence a 2nd tier role), neonatal nurse with a qualification in the specialty or Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. The ARNI course will also be appropriate for others such as experienced paramedics working with newborn transfer team, resuscitation officers with a significant regular newborn workload and anaesthetists with a newborn or PICU practice.
Evidence-based guidelines and cutting-edge research is used to create this course. Candidates receive an ARNI manual prior to the start of the course and are advised to read it carefully in preparation for the course.
The programme consists of lectures, workshops, practical stations and low fidelity simulations run in real time.
Assessment & Certification
Candidates are assessed continuously throughout the course and must pass two airway station assessments in order to progress through the course. During assessment, both technical and non-technical skills are evaluated. Candidates who successfully complete the course receive a Resuscitation Council UK ARNI certificate, which is valid for 4 years.