This is a demo course for Life... Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), the first cause of short bowel syndrome (SBS) in the neonate, is a serious neonatal gastrointestinal disease with an incidence of up to 11% in preterm newborns less than 1500 g of birth weight. The rate of severe NEC requiring surgery remains high, and it is estimated between 20–50%. Newborns who develop SBS need prolonged parenteral nutrition (PN), experience nutrient deficiency, failure to thrive and are at risk of neurodevelopmental impairment. Prevention of NEC is therefore mandatory to avoid SBS and its associated morbidities.

Who Should Enrol

Life Healthcare Nurses

Course Design

Online course which can be completed by Life Healthcare Nurses at their own convenience.

Course Content

This demo course includes various activities which include videos, articles, SCORM files, presentations and assessments.

Course Highlights

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis is still an emerging disease in preterm newborn infants carrying a high morbidity and mortality rate. 
  • There are several factors that appear to be promising in preventing its onset, such as antenatal steroids, human maternal or donor milk, and targeted fortification of feeds. 
  • Prediction tools such as abdominal NIRS or abdominal ultrasound should be implemented to detect patients at risk early. After diagnosis, it is fundamental to customize the medical and surgical management in order to limit and treat NEC complications, especially short bowel syndrome. Parenteral nutrition and early refeeding with human milk play a key role in these patients. 
  • An individualized follow-up based on growth and focused on avoiding nutrients deficiencies is mandatory. 
  • Nutritional strategies with standardized protocols for refeeding after surgery play a key role in this sense.


Multiple MCQ assessments


South African Nursing Council (SANC)

Accreditation Number: 123456

2 CPD points

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This is a demo course for Life Healthcare Nurses