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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Apnea of prematurity (AOP) is the cessation of breathing for more than 20 seconds or less when accompanied by oxygen desaturation (oxygenation saturation [SPO2] less than 85%) with or without cyanosis or bradycardia (HR less than 100 beats per minute [bpm]) in neonates with a gestational age less than 37 weeks (Balest, 2021). AOP is an individualized and self-limiting process independent from other disease processes. AOP usually resolves as the infant grows and matures, typically by 44 weeks postmenstrual age (PMA).

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Define apnea of prematurity and its types, etiology and epidemiology, associated conditions, complications, and prognosis.
  • Identify the diagnosis and management of apnea of prematurity.
  • Recall interdisciplinary care considerations for apnea of prematurity.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 12/01/22

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



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