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Craniosynostosis: Caring for Infants and Their Families

Author(s): Laura Burokas, MS, APN, CPNP/CCNS

Contact Hours: 1.75

CERP A: 1.75

Expires Aug 01, 2017

Topics: Neurology

Population: Pediatric

Member: Free
NonMember: $15.00

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Activity Summary

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.


  • 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

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