Craniosynostosis: Caring for Infants and Their Families
Laura Burokas, MS, APN, CPNP/CCNS
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • State the physical examination and radiologic findings used to diagnose craniosynostosis
  • Describe the postoperative nursing care for children undergoing surgical repair of craniosynostosis
  • List 4 potential complications following surgical repair of a craniosynostosis defect

Continuing Education Information

CE ID: C134
Total Contact Hours: 1.75
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 8/1/2017


Craniosynostosis is a developmental anomaly with premature closure of cranial sutures. Surgery is recommended to open the closed suture or sutures and remodel the cranium. Nurses caring for infants with cranio-synostosis need to understand not only the intent of the surgical repair and postoperative care but also the number of stressors that the infants’ families face in preparing for surgery and in dealing with the experiences both before and after surgery. This article provides information that critical care nurses can use in caring for infants undergoing surgery and supporting families with craniosynostosis.

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